OrderPaperToday OrderPaper Nigeria is set to convene the third in the webinar series of its Post Covid-19 Petroleum Agenda for Nigeria (PoCoPAN) initiative with focus on the concerns and expectations of host communities in the context of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB).

The conference, which holds on Thursday, September 10, 2020 at 10:00AM, will be declared open by Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila and it is organized in collaboration with the House of Representatives Committee on Niger Delta and the Nigeria Natural Resource Charter (NNRC).

It will feature Sen. Ita Enang, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Niger Delta; Mr, Ken Henshaw, We The People; and Dr. Timiebi Koripamo Agary, former Federal Permanent Secretary as Speakers.

Mr. Ken Robinson of the Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), Dr. Ferdinand Ikwang, DDR Specialist, and Dr. Ukiwo Ukoha, Expert Advisory Panel of the Nigeria Natural Resource Charter (NNRC) will serve as discussants.

It is being convened as the PIB is expected to be submitted by the Executive to the National Assembly upon resumption from its annual recess.

The discourse reiterates the peculiarity of the Niger delta which hosts and provides the enormous crude oil wealth that fuels the nation’s economy.

The region also provides 90% of the country’s foreign exchange earning flows.

Recall that the inaugural PoCoPAN webinar held on April 27th, 2020 and dwelt on the topic, ‘COVID-19 Opportunity for Petroleum Reforms in Nigeria.’ It featured two highly rated guest speakers – Mr. Joe Nwakwue (petroleum industry expert and former government energy advisor) and Mr. Tope Fasua (economist and public policy analyst).

The second edition held on May 11, 2020 and had the following renowned guest speakers: Hon. Henry Nwawuba, Deputy Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Niger Delta; Mr. Peter Esele, former President of PENGASSAN and TUC; and Professor Remi Sonaiya, thought leader, academician and politician.

It is worthy of note that both webinars were highly engaging with participants drawn from different walks of life such as the petroleum industry, academia, legislature, civil society and media.


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