The venue of the public hearing on the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) in the House of Representatives was, on Thursday, thrown into confusion following a violent clash involving members of the host communities of crude oil reserves in the Niger Delta region.
The people had gathered from different parts of the oil producing communities on the invitation of the Mohammed Tahir Monguno-led ad hoc committee, with greater numbers from the core Niger Delta states, to make presentations on the bill.
However, a fight broke out exactly 12:10p.m when the chairman of the Ad-Hoc committee on PIB, Hon. Mohammed Monguno, who had been moderating the proceedings, called the host communities to make their inputs.
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However, a struggle by the various oil host communities from the Niger Delta, who had converged for the public hearing, over who should speak degenerated to a free for all, which stalled proceeding for several minutes.
Nevertheless, calm was restored after police personnel, at the venue, intervened in the matter. Thereafter, Monguno announced that the host communities would only adopt their memoranda and exit the podium and promised the panel would visit various communities in the coast region to properly engage them.
The leader of one of the parties, involved in the fight, Benjamin Tamaranebi, said the fight was about the demand for 10 percent equity shares by the host communities.
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