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Rift over passed PIB deepens, Dickson lambasts Bayelsa senator - Punch Newspapers

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Rift over passed PIB deepens, Dickson lambasts Bayelsa senator - Punch Newspapers

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25 July 2021The ongoing rift over the recently passed Petroleum Industry Bill by the National Assembly deepened on Saturday as ex-governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State lambasted the senator representing the Bayelsa East Senatorial Distric, Eremienyon Degi, saying the lawmaker should not mix state politics with national issues like the PIB.

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Dickson, who is currently the Senator representing Bayelsa West in the National Assembly, also vowed to resist any form of intimidation from anyone over his recent comments on the three per cent allocated to the host communities in the PIB passed by the National Assembly penultimate week.

Dickson told journalists on Thursday that the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), should withhold assent to the bill to avoid crisis in the Niger Delta region because the people of the area were not happy with the three per cent equity share approved for the host communities.

He had lamented that while the Buhari-led regime proposed five per cent for the host communities in the original bill sent to the National Assembly, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva, while addressing the Senate said approving anything above 2.5 per cent for host communities, would discourage investors.

Dickson’s colleague from Bayelsa East, Degi, in a statement on Friday, absolved Sylva of any blame, and accused Dickson of instigating violence in the oil-rich region, with his statement.But Dickson in a statement he personally signed on Saturday, titled, “Dickson replies Sylva, Senator Degi,” vowed to resist any attempt at intimidating him over his position on the matter.

The senator insisted that his statement was not a personal attack on the minister or anybody.The statement read in part, “What I said is a statement of fact unknown to the public which was relayed for better information and appreciation of the efforts made by the South-South senators to get at least 5 per cent for the communities.

“It is therefore difficult to understand the basis upon which Senator Degi would come up with such a curious publication accusing Senator Dickson of inciting violence“Aware of the recent political developments in Bayelsa, we urge Degi to live above his personal pains. He should refrain from spreading hatred, propaganda and falsehood.

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“He should concentrate on making productive contributions to the development of his communities, state and indeed the Niger Delta.“If there are people who should know that Senator Dickson cannot be intimidated by mischief, propaganda and falsehood at the federal level, Degi and Sylva should know more than most.

“For his information, Dickson does not play petty politics by bringing local issues to blackmail people at the federal level. Read more: The Punch Newspapers »

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