Senate Calls for Relocation of Oil Companies’ Operational Bases to Host Communities

In what seems like a big support to the clamour by host communities that oil and gas companies operating in the country should site their headquarters in their host communities, the senate has given its three committees on Petroleum Resources Upstream, Downstream Petroleum Sector and Gas the mandate to liaise with the Ministry of Petroleum Resources and the Presidential Implementation Committee on the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA), to facilitate the relocation of oil and gas companies operating in Nigeria to their various operational bases in host communities to ensure unhindered operations.

Senate Calls for Relocation of Oil Companies’ Operational Bases to Host Communities

In what seems like a big support to the clamour by host communities that oil and gas companies operating in the country should site their headquarters in their host communities, the senate has given its three committees on Petroleum Resources Upstream, Downstream Petroleum Sector and Gas the mandate to liaise with the Ministry of Petroleum Resources and the Presidential Implementation Committee on the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA), to facilitate the relocation of oil and gas companies operating in Nigeria to their various operational bases in host communities to ensure unhindered operations.

 

Sponsored by Senator Albert Bassey Akpan and 23 other Senators, the motion seeks to compel oil and gas companies operating in Nigeria to relocate to their host communities and operational bases in order to reduce the high cost of production militating against maximum revenue from crude oil and gas sales to the federation account. The senators noted that the issue of insecurity and militancy brandished as excuses has been addressed by the Petroleum Industry Act, 2021, which placed certain responsibilities on the security, peace and safety of oil and gas infrastructure on the host communities to safeguard and ensure peaceful coexistence between oil and gas companies and their host communities.

 

With the relocation to these areas, the workers will also relocate to these areas and as such the government of these areas will benefit from the revenue, that is payment of tax, within the localities that they are exploiting this oil and gas, because the workers will no longer claim that they are not resident in these areas.