The Delta State Chapter of the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights, CDHR led by Comrade Peter Edariese on Friday urged the Senate to increase the three (3) percent approved for host communities in the Petroleum Industry Bill, PIB, passed into law yesterday.
In a statement signed by the Secretary-General, Comrade Israel Joe, he said the Senate should also ensure that crude oil is not the only property of the Nigerian Government.
The CDHR stressed that, “All natural resources in the North, including gold must be the properties of the Nigerian Government.”
According to him, “The Nigerian government should not be one-sided but should observe equity in making policies and implementations”.
The CDHR, however, said the Nigerian Senate must be commended for the passage of the PIB.
Our Correspondent reports that tongues are wagging among indigenes of some host communities over the passage of the bill.