PIA is anti-people, over N3trn siphoned – King Dakolo

The Chairman of the Niger Delta Alternative Conversion (NDAC), King Ebenanaiwe of Ekpetiama Kingdom, Agada IV, Bubaraye Dakolo, has said the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA) is an anti-people’s act aimed at criminalizing everyone in the Niger-Delta.

This is even as he revealed that huge sums ranging well above three trillion U.S. dollars from the oil and gas industry, out of which one trillion has been completely stolen that will never be brought back to Nigeria.

Ndakolo made the allegation while speaking with Journalists at the Third Edition of the Niger Delta Alternatives Convergence which was held in Abuja on Wednesday, with the theme “NIGER DELTA MANIFESTO, FOR SOCIO ECOLOGICAL JUSTICE”

According to him, “The PIA is an anti-people act, which took 20 years to cook, to mis-cook from what it was before, to a beautiful nonsense that they passed in 2021, which is aimed at criminalizing everyone in the Niger Delta, including me.”

“Because they say what the JTF, the military, the trained military experts or trained security experts in Nigeria could not do, I should be held responsible. Someone like me who did not bring out the hydrocarbon from the ground, who did not put a pipeline there, should be held responsible if there is a stoppage of work if there is abduction of any worker around my kingdom. 

“Because the truth is with fast boats from in front of my community, you can even get to Miami if you have an unsinkable small boat. That is how porous the system.”

The traditional ruler said, “The Niger Delta Alternatives Convergence is designed to harvest strategies to engage the federal government and what the oil and gas industry has meted out to the people of the Niger Delta in a way that the Niger Delta people could again live “

Also speaking, Nnimmo Bassey, Director, Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF) in his welcome remarks titled: Ending the Sacrifice’ called for concerted international action to generate and invest at least US $12 billion over 12 years to repair, remediate and restore the environmental and public health damage caused by oil and gas and to lay the foundations for Bayelsa’s just transition towards renewable energy and opportunities for alternative livelihoods.”