Press Release: January 28, 2021
CCD’s position on the Bill for an Act to provide Legal, Governance, Regulatory and Fiscal Framework for the Nigeria Petroleum Industry, the Development of Host Community and other Related Matters (HB.1061) – AKA PIB Bill.
We thank the leadership of the House of Representatives, in particular the Chairman House Ad-hoc Committee on Petroleum Industry Bill for the opportunity to present our position on the PIB Bill.
CCD believes that PIB provides an uncommon opportunity to right the wrongs against persons with disabilities in the Niger Delta. Observation shows that oil and gas explorations in Nigeria are conducted at the detriment of persons with disabilities
We are concern that virtually all the support given to host communities by reason of oil and gas explorations are not accessible to persons with disabilities and they are not consulted, neither are their issues mainstreamed in the conversation.
We are worried that when pollution occurs in the Niger Delta, it is people with disabilities that suffer most.
Painfully, the harmful activities and pollution being pushed into the environment as a result of oil and gas explorations in the Niger Delta region sometimes lead to stillbirth and birth with different forms of disability (hearing disorder, blindness, physical impairment, etc.)
Therefore, it is justice for all to demand that the Bill for an Act to provide Legal, Governance, Regulatory and Fiscal Framework for the Nigeria Petroleum Industry, the Development of Host Community and other Related Matters (HB.1061) provide a certain percentage of not less than 5% of projects and activities should therefore be set aside for the benefit of persons with disabilities in the Host Community Development Trust Fund.
CCD proposes the amendment of the following sections in the Bill to read as follows:
- 242:. Board of Trustees, Composition and Management etc:
(a) Settlor shall ensure that members of the Board of Trustees are inclusive of women and persons with disabilities. This is to ensure that persons with disabilities are represented on the Board of Trustees of the Host Community Development Trust
- 247: Management Committee, Composition, Powers etc:
(a.i.b) three representatives, women, persons with disabilities inclusive of the Host Community, who shall be nominated by the Host Community as non-executive members. This is to ensure that persons with disabilities are represented on the management committee of the Host Community Development Trust
- 251. Host Community Needs Assessment:
3(a.i.b) consulted with and considered the reasonable concerns of women, youths, persons with disabilities and Community leaders. This is to ensure that issues of critical concern of persons with disabilities are included in the needs assessment report of the Host Community.
- 252: Contents of Host Community Development Plans:
We request that you add another subsection (h) to this section to read as follows: ensure that all initiatives are inclusive and accessible to persons with disabilities. This will ensure that persons with disabilities are not left behind in the Host Community Initiatives.
For more information about PIB, please visit: www.hrpib.org.ng
I want to thank Hon. Princess Miriam Odinaka Onuoha Chair House Committee on Disability Affairs for making my participation possible.
David O Anyaele
Centre for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD)