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PIB : Bayelsa senator attacks Dickson, militants vow fresh attacks - Punch Newspapers

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Friday Olokor and Dele OgunyemiPublished24 July 2021There are indications of a deepening rift between a former Governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson, and the senator representing Bayelsa East in the National Assembly, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo, following the latter’s warning on Friday for his rival to stop inciting violence in the Niger Delta with “malicious” and “unfounded” comments.

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He warned that if Dickson was not cautioned, such comments could lead to civil unrest in the Niger Delta.While accusing the former governor of contributing nothing to the realisation of the Petroleum Industry Bill and development of host communities as governor, Degi-Eremienyo said Dickson was only interested in his village.

The senator was reacting to Dickson’s allegation against the Minister of State (Petroleum Resources), Chief Timipre Sylva, of changing the development funds in the PIB for host communities from five per cent to three per cent, saying it was a collective decision by the National Assembly.

According to him, the comments by the former governor smacked of envy, mischief and intimidation.Dickson had alleged that the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), proposed five per cent as development funds in the PIB but that it was changed by Sylva.

But Degi-Eremienyo, in a statement titled ‘PIB and three per cent for host communities: Stop instigating violence in Niger Delta, Degi cautions Dickson,’ said such comments by Dickson were “highly regrettable, considering the tireless efforts put in by the minister in actualising this long-awaited law.”

He said, “During the public hearing at various centres, host communities canvassed the same position. After a rigorous and painstaking process from plenary to conference committee, the National Assembly put the host community funds at three per cent. This was the decision of the National Assembly and not that of the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva.

“One wonders how and why Dickson would drag Sylva into this. Observers would be tempted to ask what efforts Dickson made to achieve the utmost desire as the bill was presented to the National Assembly when he was still governor.“Ex-governor Dickson did nothing as he was content with spending 13 per cent derivation on aggressive development of his own villages, which are not host communities, leaving the oil and gas-producing host communities to suffer their fate.

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