As Tambuwal excites Niger Delta with new oil policy, restructuring
By Mercy Azuka, Asaba
Frontline presidential aspirant, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto State seemed to touch the very chord that turns on the Niger Delta by promising new oil policies and restructuring. Above all, he won hearts when he said in Asaba that the House of Reps when he was Speaker passed the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) but that the senate did not.
Most presidential aspirants who storm the Niger Delta region to canvass for delegates’ support ahead of the 2019 general elections, seem to be prioritizing the passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) into law and are promising that the bill would become a law if they are voted into power, just as they give assurance that they would also restructure the country.
Tambuwal is the latest to give his assurance to the people but he seemed to do it with a difference and additional assurance on restructuring as he stormed Asaba, the capital of Delta State, to ask for the backing of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) delegates in the state towards his presidential ambition as he appealed to them to choose him as the party’s flag-bearer during their forth-coming national convention.
Ex-president Goodluck Jonathan has continued to receive hard knocks from the oil producing communities for not fighting hard within his four year tenure, for the bill to become a law.
Tambuwal was the speaker of the Federal House of Representatives under Jonathan’s administration. He later decamped to the All Progressives Congress (APC) three years ago to contest for the governorship position in Sokoto State 2015 elections and now returned to PDP last month to pursue his presidential ambition for 2019 general elections.
Aware of the anger of the Niger Delta People over perceived Jonathan’s failure to ensure the bill became a law in the country, Tambuwal defended himself and the former president, saying, “The House of Representatives under my leadership passed the PIB but the Senate did not pass it. That was why the bill was not passed into law during President Goodluck Jonathan’s tenure”.
He said “You will find in me a president that would insist that we have a very transparent petroleum industry regime because the Nigeria National Petroleum Company (NNPC) as at today is a government of its own, shrouded in secrecy. We need to unbundle it for it to be efficient and the regime would be transparent, for us to have the actual revenue that we need to have.”