NOA-CISLAC ACTIVITY REPORT
1.0 Activity Title: STAKEHOLDERS INTERACTIVE SESSION ON THE PETROLEUM INDUSTRY ACT (PIA) 2021 – DELTA
2.0 Activity Types: Advocacy Visit and Town Hall Interaction
3.0 Period of Activity: Two (2) Days
Start Date: Monday, 29 November 2021
End Date: Tuesday, 30 November 2021
4.0 Activity Locations:
Day 1 – Palace of the Oduosa of Utagha-Ogbe Kingdom, Kwale and; Palace of the Omu of Anioma Kingdom, both in Delta State
Day 2 – Olorogun Felix Ibru Hall, Delta State Secretariat, Okpanam Road, Asaba, Delta State
5.0 Objective of Activity
• To promote public understanding of the provisions of the PIA
• To promote the inherent benefits of the PIA to petroleum producing communities
6.0 Description of Activity
On 16 August 2021, President Muhammadu Buhari signed into law the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) earlier passed by the National Assembly, thus establishing the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA). The PIA provides a legal framework for the operations of the oil and gas industry in Nigeria after 65 years of commercial oil exploration. However, the Act has been greeted with mixed reactions, especially in oil bearing communities, necessitating urgent advocacy and engagements to scale up public enlightenment and promote frank conversations around the PIA as well as improve public acceptance of the Act.
The National Orientation Agency (NOA) and Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) with support from OXFAM in Nigeria organized stakeholders’ engagements to drive advocacy around the PIA and push for public acceptance of the PIA and appropriate action by host communities in the Niger Delta region. The second of such was held in Delta State with advocacy visits and a stakeholders’ interactive session.
The Advocacy Visits to the traditional rulers took place between the hours of 9 am and 5 pm on Day 1.
The Interactive Session commenced at 10:00am on Day 2 with the National Anthem and National Prayer (Second Stanza of National Anthem). It was chaired by The Omu of Anioma, HRM Obi Martha Dunkwu and anchored by Mrs. Gladys Omukhudu of NOA Delta State Directorate and Mr. Paul Odenyi, Assistant Director, Press, NOA Headquarters, Abuja.
The Director General of NOA, Dr. Garba Abari was represented by the Bayelsa State Director, Mr. Gogo Iyaye. The Delta State Acting Director, Mr. Chris Anyabuine, who handled the mobilization for the events, and the Edo State Acting Director, Mr. Augustine Odile, as NOA appointed observer, were present at the events. Also in attendance were NOA Assistant Chief Press Officer, David Ofurum and Senior Programme Officer Abdulhakeem Akindeji Oyeleke all from the National Headquarters
7.1 Day 1
Remarks and Responses
• Remarks by the Director General, National Orientation Agency, Dr. Garba Abari, Represented by the Bayelsa State Director, Mr. Gogo Iyaye
He identified the need for traditional institutions in the Niger Delta to play active roles in coordinating the nomination of Board Members for the Host Communities Development Trust Fund (HCDTF) in their respective communities to ensure that the interests of their communities are best served. He urged oil bearing communities to commence the selection of credible persons to populate the Board of Trustees as provided for under the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA), noting that nearly four months have already been lost since the signing of the PIA into law, leaving only eight months to the commencement of the Trust Fund as stipulated by the Act. He also called for all stakeholders to work together for the hitch-free implementation of the new petroleum law.
He commended His Royal Majesty, The Oduosa of Utagha-Ogbe Kingdom in Kwale, Delta State, Obi Isaac Pius and Her Royal Majesty, The Omu of Anioma Kingdom, Obi Martha Dunkwu for their support to the cause of public sensitization on the Petroleum Industry Act and for always speaking up in defense of national interest and development.
• The Country Director, OXFAM, Mr. Vincent Ahonsi, represented by Mr. Henry Ushie
He said the objective of the sensitization was to empower communities to ask the right questions to enable them benefit from the Petroleum Industry Act. He expressed satisfaction with the level of interest shown by the traditional institutions and community members in ensuring that they take full advantage of the provisions of the PIA. He stressed the need to devote of 10% of the Host Communities Development Trust Fund to addressing gender related issues and called for Her Royal Majesty, the Omu of Anioma, to champion a campaign in this regard. He also expressed the need for host communities to work harmoniously with oil companies towards implementing the provisions of the PIA which, he said, would benefit the communities.
• Executive Secretary, Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), Mallam Auwal Ibrahim Musa (Rafsanjani), represented by Mr. Chinedu Bassey
He appealed to the monarchs to use their exalted positions to mobilize for the appointment into the HCDTF Board of Trustees of only credible persons who will serve their community’s interests. He also urged them to use their positions to promote the education of host communities about their rights and privileges under the new petroleum law with a view to mobilizing them to take right actions. He said although oil companies under the Petroleum Industry Act have powers to appoint Board Members of the Trust Funds, host communities have the right to nominate persons for appointment thereto. This, he said, necessitated the collaborative advocacy by NOA, CISLAC and OXFAM.
• Response by The Oduosa of Utagha-Ogbe Kingdom in Kwale, Delta State, Obi Isaac Pius
He was delighted by the effort of NOA and its partners in sensitizing his community on the provisions of the PIA, describing the visit as an eye-opener. He said members of the community, which hosts 5 operating oil companies, were eager to receive and comply with the guidelines to be issued by the PIA Implementation Committee set up by President Muhammadu Buhari.
• Response by The Omu of Anioma Kingdom, Obi Martha Dunkwu
She observed that the PIA has been in the front burner of discussions in the Niger Delta and that the people are quite uncomfortable with the 3% of oil companies’ Operating Expenses allotted by the Act to the Host Communities Development Trust Fund (HCDTF). This discontent, she noted, stems from the fact that government has not sufficiently sensitized the people on the Act. She said the NOA needs funding from Government to flood the Niger Delta with jingles on the PIA and its benefits in Pidgin English and local languages, to be broadcasted using local media outlets. She therefore urged the Federal Government to fund the NOA for robust public sensitization on the Act among host communities in order to deepen understanding of the PIA and avert resistance by oil bearing communities.
She expressed her incurable optimism in the Nigerian project, adding that there was nothing wrong in committing petroleum resources to oil exploration and development of other parts of the country. She also held that state governments must be actively involved in monitoring the implementation of the HCDTF in the interest of resolving conflicts that may arise therefrom and maintaining the peace.
7.2 Day 2
• Address of Welcome by the Acting State Director, National Orientation Agency (NOA) Delta State, Mr. Chris Anyabuine
He explained that the interactive session was in compliance with NOA’s core mandate of enlightening the citizens on government policies, programmes and activities as well as collecting feedback to enable government make informed decisions, re-evaluations and reviews where necessary. He said while the session would throw light on the benefits of the PIA and invite communities to study the Act with a view to establishing necessary structures for demanding access to those benefits for their development, it would also move conversations around the PIA from mere speculations to awareness of the actual provisions spelt out in the Act.
• Opening Remarks by the Director General, National Orientation Agency (NOA), Dr. Garba Abari, represented by the Bayelsa State Director, Mr. Gogo Iyaye
He said this was the second in a series of sensitization and interactive engagements aimed at providing a platform for discussion and debate of the new law which is the new framework for business in the oil sector. The first of these engagements, he explained, held in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State in October, adding that the feedback from that effort showed clearly the need for a lot of public sensitization around the PIA to close the gaps in understanding of the provisions of the Act which seeks to promote growth and eliminate uncertainties in the legal and regulatory processes in the Petroleum Industry.
He observed that as it is today, oil communities have the vehicles of the federal budget, the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), the Amnesty Programme, the state government budget and the newly introduced Host Communities Development Trust Fund (HCDTF) to seek for the development of their areas adding that some of these funds will come directly to oil bearing communities under the new PIA. He drew the attention of host communities under the new PIA to the fact that some provisions of the Act have timelines for their operationalization, notably, the 12-month window for oil companies to incorporate and activate the HCDTF from the date of commencement of the Act (i.e. a deadline of 16th of August, 2022). He therefore urged host communities to use this waiting period to strategize and organize to ensure that only credible persons are appointed into to Board of Trusties of their respective HCDTFs, thus guaranteeing that the funds will be deployed for the greater good of the greater number of community members.
While appreciating the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) and OXFAM for believing in the NOA and its capacity to manage this forum that gives important stakeholders the opportunities to vent their perceptions about the new law, he urged participants to listen to the experts who will explain the provisions of the law for host communities while anticipating their responses on the concerns by the stakeholders.
7.2.2 Goodwill Messages
• The Country Director, OXFAM, Mr. Vincent Ahonsi, Represented by Mr. Henry Ushie
He noted that if communities do not understand the provisions of the new Act, they will not be able to engage properly, adding that if the communities stay aloof, the oil companies will also stay aloof because the companies are there to make profit and aloofness serves their purpose. He said communities ought to have by now approached oil communities to engage them on the process of appointing members of the HCDTF Board of Trustees.
He made a case for 10% of the 3% Operating Expenses of oil companies allocated to host communities to be devoted to the promotion of gender issues and called on stakeholders to seek full understanding of the PIA with a view to drawing full benefits from the Act.
He said OXFAM was pleased to leverage the strength of NOA to sensitize stakeholders, especially in the Niger Delta on the provisions of the PIA.
• The Executive Director, CISLAC, Mallam Auwal Ibrahim Musa (Rafsanjani), Represented by Mr. Chinedu Bassey
He expressed appreciation to the NOA for the formidable collaboration to promote conversations around the PIA and to the stakeholders for honouring the invitation.
He stressed that the percentage provided for the host communities is important; but, more important is the use to which it is put and the mechanisms to ensure transparency and accountability in the application of the funds towards serving the best interests and welfare of the people. He recalled a number of historic developmental interventions in the Niger Delta Region from OMPADEC to NDDC, the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, the Amnesty Programme and Ogoni Cleanup, but regretted that all of them have failed to deliver on their purpose of host community growth and sustainable development.
He therefore noted that while the PIA provides a direct benefit framework that holds the potential to enable sustainable development of host and impacted communities, the delivery of such dividends remain subject to the effective implementation of the Act and the crucial role of host communities towards the actualization of this goal. He said CISLAC hopes that by promoting frank conversations on the PIA, it would drive advocacy for the effective implementation of the PIA by scaling up public enlightenment, pending future opportunities for an amendment.
• The Role of Citizens in Enhancing the Smooth Implementation of the Petroleum Industry Act 2021 in Oil Producing Communities by Engr. Dr. Hilary Owamah (Associate Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Delta State University)
The resource person began by explaining the importance of the Act in addressing issues of climate change in the host communities. He cautioned the host communities against in-fighting which has been the bane of their development over the years and urged that they instead engage in dialogue with each other in order to draw the benefits of the HCDTF from oil companies.
He observed that concerns over climate change have fuelled aggressive efforts to reduce global consumption of fossil fuels, driving global divestments from oil and gas, adding that the PIA represents an effort by Africa’s leading oil producing country to respond to this changing environment. He, however, canvassed that the 30% of profit oil and gas from Nigeria National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Ltd. allotted by the Act to frontier exploration be rather applied to the development of renewable energy as a frontier in line with current and emerging global realities. He was of the view that Nigeria does not need a Frontier Exploration Fund, rather, she needs a Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Fund to develop new energy sources in the face of climate change and net-zero emissions targets.
Furthermore, he noted the persistent concern of host communities for the continued degradation of their environment and habitat from gas flaring associated with oil drilling, adding that Nigeria has passed several laws to stop this with little effect. He said the PIA penalizes companies for gas flaring and provides that the revenues from the penalties will be used for environmental remediation and relief of the impacted host communities. He admonished, however, that the penalty must be steep enough to achieve its intended purpose, pointing out that if it is not, oil companies will continue to flare gas if doing so minimizes their cost more than the penalty takes from them.
He submitted the fiscal framework under the PIA introduces a tax regime, replacing the existing petroleum profits tax with a hydrocarbon tax and introducing a tax on the income of oil companies. Under this new fiscal regime, he explained, hydrocarbons—including crude oil, condensates, and natural gas liquids produced from associated gas—will be subject to taxation. He, however, noted that crude oil from deep offshore is exempted from this tax and oil multinationals operating deep offshore may also not feel obligated to comply with the HCDTF provision of the PIA, having divested themselves of onshore assets. Furthermore, now that most onshore oil wells are owned by indigenous oil companies, host communities, he said, are uncertain whether this HCDTF contribution will be made. He therefore urged legal experts to intervene in that regard.
On the challenges with the PIA, he identified “Ambiguous and Imprecise Language” used in the Act as the most important challenge, causing difficulty in interpretation of the law. He cited the fact that it is unclear whether Host Community Development Trust obligations are additional to existing community levies (such as the Niger Delta Development Levy) or will be an aggregation of those levies. Similarly, the law, he noted, is silent on the definition of “frontier basin” and “host community”, instead deferring to the Nigeria Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC) on the definition of frontier basin and to settlors or license holders on the definition of “host community”. He said these definitions are not neutral to revenue; they have revenue implications. Also, he posits that this lack of clarity creates uncertainty and possible disputes, especially if relevant parties define them differently.
Finally, he was emphatic that while capacity in the oil and gas sector has been built over the years, the new legal provisions and fiscal framework of the PIA will need new capacities to succeed.
• The Benefits of Petroleum Industry Act 2021 to Oil Host Communities and the Economy by Barr. Freddie Toriseju Eruli-Ede (Private Legal Practitioner, Former Chairman, Nigeria Bar Association, Delta State Chapter)
The paper presenter said notwithstanding the discontent with aspects of the PIA relating to the allocation of funds/profits, its enactment is a step in the right direction, given the potential to provide fiscal certainty for existing and potential investors in the Nigerian Oil and Gas industry.
He defined Host Communities to mean “communities situated in or appurtenant to the area of operation of a settlor, and any other community as a settlor may determine” under Chapter 3 of the Act. He however described this definition as vague and noted the need for amendment of the Chapter to remove the power to determine which communities are host communities from the settlors. He defined a settlor, according to the Act, as “a holder of an interest in petroleum prospecting license or petroleum mining lease whose area of operation is located in or appurtenant to any community or communities”.
He explained that the PIA aims to address the problem of historical poor relationship between oil and gas companies and host communities in Nigeria which gave rise to serious agitations in the past. He said Section 235 (1) of the Act requires a settlor or a group of settlors under a joint operating agreement to incorporate a HCDTF, just as the law specifically stipulates that existing host community projects must be transferred to the Trust.
He quoted the Group Managing Director, Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mele Kolo Kyari who averred that 3% of the actual annual operating expenditure of settlors to be committed to the HCDTF would amount to as much as $500m annually to aid the socio-economic and infrastructural development of host communities in the Niger Delta. However, Section 244 of the Act, he noted, provides that 75% of the Funds managed by the Trust will be for capital projects, 20% to be invested and reserved for use at cessation of contribution by the settlor while an amount not exceeding 5% is to be used for administrative or running cost of the Trust and special projects. He was optimistic that host communities will experience the direct impacts of the HCDTF contributions. Alluding to the provisions of the PIA for gas flare penalties, he said if the provisions are dutifully implemented, there is an improved opportunity for refocused development of host communities.
Highlighting arguments by key Niger Delta stakeholders for and against the PIA, he stressed that the test of the Act’s effectiveness is in its implementation and canvassed more sources of funding for host communities.
8.0 Interactive Session:
Interventions by Participants:
• The traditional ruler of Utagba-Ogbe Kingdom, HRM Obi Isaac Pius, represented by High Chief Dennis Ejechi recalled a previous petroleum law which recognized 30 km radius around an oil facility as its host community, but noted that oil companies had in the past breached that clear provision. He therefore wondered what would be the fate of host communities now that the PIA is unspecific about what area(s) constitute host communities. He raised concerns about some oil companies under-reporting their tax obligations for the year, thus making it difficult to accurately determine the operating expenses of those companies. He was also concerned that oil companies could blame host communities for the breakdown of oil facilities resulting from age, wear and tear as an excuse to utilize host communities’ funds for the repairs of such facilities. He expressed preference for the 30% (Exploration Fund) to be deployed for the development of the Niger Delta region instead. He also called on host communities to make wise investment of the 3% (HCDTF) in ventures that will promote the development of their communities, considering the trend of global shift from oil to renewable energy, noting that oil will not always be there.
• HRM, the Orodje of Okpe Kingdom and Chairman of Traditional Rulers of Oil Minerals Producing Communities of Nigeria (TROMPCON), represented by Chief Okakpuro Dickson Omoroka lent his voice to the need for the 3% to be well utilized despite the fact that the amount doesn’t meet the desire of 10% of oil bearing communities. He also took exception to insinuations in some quarters that host communities lacked capacity to manage funds for their own development.
• HRM, the Obi of Ozoro, represented by Sir Henry O., applauded the NOA/CISLAC/OXFAM partnership for organizing the interactive session which he described as the first step towards effective implementation of the Act. He however condemned the provision of the Act that allows settlors to appoint the membership of the Board of Trustees and only mandates the appointment of one member of the host community to the Board. He also expressed apprehension that most communities may be unable to set up their Board of Trustees before the end of the 12-month timeline.
• The permanent Secretary, Delta State Ministry of Oil and Gas, Mrs. Gladys Puegeren, representing the Minister, said the State Government was equally making efforts at sensitizing host communities on the provisions of the PIA and to endure harmonious relationship between host communities and International Oil Companies in the State. She therefore welcomed the NOA/CISLAC/OXFAM partnership which shares similar objectives with the State Government’s efforts in that regard.
• Other issues raised by participants include:
Chuks Okpunor (Transition Management Group, Delta State): Why give 3% to host communities and 30% to exploration? We in the Niger Delta are not happy with the PIA. Will the report of this Session get to Government?
High Chief Benjamin Igbe of Utagba-Ogbe, Kingdom: Is there any conflict resolution mechanism in place to handle conflicts that will likely arise among host communities because of the HCDTF?
Custodian Ushie Israel (Media Director, National Youth Council of Nigeria, Delta State and Co-convener, Not-Too-Young-To-Lead): The NDDC Board needs to be constituted urgently as the conversation around the PIA continues.
Attorney General of Delta State, represented by T.S.A Egbenugba: In spite of the inadequacies of the PIA, communities should study and understand it so as to leverage it. Also, there is need for communities to interact with a view to expressing and articulating their expectations from the PIA which has taken away from oil bearing communities rather than improving their lot. The Act needs to be amended.
There is need to translate and breakdown the PIA in Pidgin English for the local people at the grassroots to understand the Act.
The agreements contained in the existing Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) between host communities and oil companies should be incorporated in the implementation of the Act.
The Omu of Anioma, HRM Obi Martha Dunkwu, who also chaired the event, deliberately deferred her remarks till after presentations and interactions were done. This, she said, was to allow a harvest of opinions before presenting her views. She explained that NDDC and Federal Ministry of the Niger Delta are still in place to promote development of the Niger Delta Region. She canvassed that the Stakeholders Interactive Session on the PIA be organized at Local Government Area levels to enable more community members participate and understand the PIA. She also admonished host communities to articulate their reservations about the Act and present same as feedback to government through the NOA rather than bicker over the uncertainties.
The two resource persons explained that the silence of the PIA on the exact definition of what constitutes Host Communities is an area that civil society can take up. They also noted that there is always an assessment of damages to oil facilities to determine their cause(s) before blame is apportioned; hence there should be no fears about host communities being falsely accused of damaging oil facilities. The 3%, when analyzed, may be equal to or more than the 30%, hence the Act should be given a chance to run first before review, they advised. They noted that any land appurtenant to operational bases of oil companies is considered a host community under the Act, given that it is an affected community.
9.0 Lessons Learned included:
• Stakeholders expect NOA to mass produce and circulate the PIA to the public.
• Host communities do not know what body to engage regarding their nominations into the HCDTF Board of Trustees.
10.0 Next Steps/ Follow up Actions:
• Activity review meeting between NOA and CISLAC to be fixed soon.
i. The events were well attended and orderly. However, when a participant on Day 2 attempted to make the atmosphere raucous over his displeasure that an officer of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (who, in his view, was not a host community member) was allowed to speak before him, the Chairman of the occasion promptly called him to order and demanded that he apologize for his outbursts.
ii. Most of the stakeholders do not yet have the final gazette copy of the PIA.
iii. Stakeholders are enthusiastic about engaging the Act and other Stakeholders about provisions of the Act.
iv. A gap in understanding of the provisions and intendments of the Act among stakeholders and the general public exists.
v. There was good media presence to cover Day 2 of the engagements.
i. NOA should sustain the partnership with CISLAC with a view to replicating the stakeholders’ engagements in other Niger Delta states and cascading it to Local Government Areas.
ii. Future interactive sessions on the PIA could be designed to hold at the palaces of traditional rulers of oil bearing communities for greater participation of host communities in the conversations.
iii. NOA should seek to be co-opted into the PIA Implementation Committee so it can have first-hand access to relevant information to guide host communities in positioning themselves properly for the full operationalization of the Act.
iv. The Stakeholders’ Interactive Session on the PIA would benefit from more robust media participation.
Participants were drawn from among traditional and community leaders, opinion leaders, oil companies, Civil Society Organizations, the media, public servants, the academia, trade unions – Nigerian Bar Association, Nigerian Union of Journalists, Nigeria Labour Congress.
• Copies of the two papers and some speeches presented at the event
• A copy of the programme of activity
• Some pictures from the two-day event
• Sample of pamphlet – “Petroleum Industry Act (PIA) 2021: What You Need to Know” – distributed to participants at the interactive session.
Name and Signature of Rapporteur Date of Submission
David Ofurum (ACPO) 03 December 2021
SELECTED PHOTOS FROM THE ADVOCACY VISITS AND STAKEHOLDERS’ INTERACTIVE SESSION ON THE PETROLEUM INDUSTRY ACT (PIA) 2021 HELD IN DELTA STATE FROM 29 – 30 NOVEMBER, 2021
A cross-section of dignitaries and participants at the Stakeholders’ Interactive Session on the Petroleum Industry Act in Asaba, Delta State on Tuesday, 30 Nov. 2021.
The Oduosa of Utagha-Ogbe Kingdom in Kwale, Delta State, Obi Isaac Pius (centre) with NOA/CISLAC/OXFAM team (left) and members of the traditional cabinet (right) during an advocacy visit to the monarch on the Petroleum Industry Act on Monday, 29 Nov. 2021.
Rep. of NOA Director General/Bayelsa State Director, Mr. Gogo Iyaye (standing) addressing the Oduosa of Utagha-Ogbe Kingdom in Kwale, Delta State, Obi Isaac Pius (centre) during an advocacy visit to the monarch on the Petroleum Industry Act by NOA/CISLAC/OXFAM team as his cabinet (right) pay attention on Monday, 29 Nov. 2021.
Rep. of CISLAC Executive Director, Mr. Chinedu Bassey (standing) answers a question the Petroleum Industry Act by the Oduosa of Utagha-Ogbe Kingdom in Kwale, Delta State, Obi Isaac Pius (right) as members of the traditional cabinet and the NOA/CISLAC/OXFAM team listen attentively during an advocacy visit to the monarch on Monday, 29 Nov. 2021.
Rep. of OXFAM Country Director, Mr. Henry Ushie (standing) clarifies a point about the Petroleum Industry Act to the Oduosa of Utagha-Ogbe Kingdom in Kwale, Delta State, Obi Isaac Pius (left) as members of the traditional cabinet listen attentively during an advocacy visit to the monarch by NOA/CISLAC/OXFAM team on Monday, 29 Nov. 2021.
The Omu of Anioma Kingdom, Delta State, Obi Martha Dunkwu (centre) with NOA/CISLAC/OXFAM team during an advocacy visit to the monarch on the Petroleum Industry Act on Monday, 29 Nov. 2021.
Rep. of NOA Director General/Bayelsa State Director, Mr. Gogo Iyaye (standing) addressing the Omu of Anioma Kingdom, Delta State, Obi Martha Dunkwu (sitting) during an advocacy visit to Her Royal Majesty on the Petroleum Industry Act by NOA/CISLAC/OXFAM team on Monday, 29 Nov. 2021.
The Omu of Anioma Kingdom, Delta State, Obi Martha Dunkwu makes a point during an advocacy visit to her palace by NOA/CISLAC/OXFAM team on the Petroleum Industry Act on Monday, 29 Nov. 2021.
The Omu of Anioma Kingdom, Delta State, Obi Martha Dunkwu (right) presents some publications to the rep. of NOA Director General/Bayelsa State Director, Mr. Gogo Iyaye (left) during an advocacy visit to the monarch on the Petroleum Industry Act by NOA/CISLAC/OXFAM team on Monday, 29 Nov. 2021.
Rep. of NOA Director General/Bayelsa State Director, Mr. Gogo Iyaye (left) delivering his Opening Remarks at the Stakeholders’ Interactive Session on the Petroleum Industry Act in Asaba, Delta State as the high table pays rapt attention on Tuesday, 30 Nov. 2021.
Rep. of OXFAM Country Director, Mr. Henry Ushie (left) delivering his goodwill message at the Stakeholders’ Interactive Session on the Petroleum Industry Act in Asaba, Delta State on Tuesday, 30 Nov. 2021.
Rep. of CISLAC Executive Director, Mr. Chinedu Bassey (left) delivering his goodwill message at the Stakeholders’ Interactive Session on the Petroleum Industry Act in Asaba, Delta State on Tuesday, 30 Nov. 2021.
Acting Director, NOA Delta State, Mr. Chris Anyabuine (left) makes his Address of Welcome at the Stakeholders’ Interactive Session on the Petroleum Industry Act in Asaba, Delta State as the high table listens on Tuesday, 30 Nov. 2021.
Assoc. Prof. (Engr.) Hilary Owamah (left) making a presentation on The Role of Citizens in Enhancing the Smooth Implementation of the Petroleum Industry Act 2021 in Oil Producing Communities at the Stakeholders’ Interactive Session on the Petroleum Industry Act in Asaba, Delta State on Tuesday, 30 Nov. 2021.
Barr. Freddie Toriseju Eruli-Ede, Former Chairman, Nigeria Bar Association, Delta State Chapter (left) making a presentation on The Benefits of Petroleum Industry Act 2021 to Oil Host Communities and the Economy at the Stakeholders’ Interactive Session on the Petroleum Industry Act in Asaba, Delta State on Tuesday, 30 Nov. 2021.
A cross-section of eager participants during the Questions, Comments and Observations section of the Stakeholders’ Interactive Session on the Petroleum Industry Act in Asaba, Delta State on Tuesday, 30 Nov. 2021.
Chairperson of the occasion and Omu of Anioma Kingdom, Obi Martha Dunkwu making her remarks during the Stakeholders’ Interactive Session on the Petroleum Industry Act in Asaba, Delta State on Tuesday, 30 Nov. 2021.
A cross-section of participants and the media at the Stakeholders’ Interactive Session on the Petroleum Industry Act in Asaba, Delta State on Tuesday, 30 Nov. 2021.