Warring factions of the Host Communities of Nigeria Producing Oil and Gas, HOSTCOM and HOSCON, have agreed to sheath their sword and present a harmonized position at the rescheduled public hearing of the Petroleum Industrial Bill, PIB.
Both parties reportedly struck a peace deal at a conciliatory meeting inspired by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Niger Delta Affairs, Sen. Ita Enang on Tuesday in Abuja.

Petroleum Industrial Bill Niger DeltaThe meeting also agreed that a joint technical committee of all contending parties facilitated by Sen. Enang, would be constituted to prepare a common presentation at the next hearing of PIB.

Speaking at the meeting, Enang admonished both parties to set aside their differences and have a common position for the purpose of the PIB.
“We have not invited you to settle any dispute, but we have invited you to shake hands with each other and move on because in the Niger Delta dispute and disputation is a regular feature, so we are not settling the dispute.
“I know you people do not have a dispute with yourself, you only agree and disagree on a procedure and the disagreement pass elbow to the ankle,” he added.
While decrying a situation in which the oil companies divides the host communities while they sponsor violence on both sides, he assured that this would not happen again under the current administration.
PIB Host Communities in Niger Delta make peace
“So what I intend to do, is to work with you, put you on the same page on issues contend on the Host Communities Content of the Petroleum Industry Bill, to enable you to put up a unified presentation on what you want for the Host Communities for the bill to become law,” he added.


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