Delta Lawmakers, Stakeholders Brainstorm On Proposed Local Content Agency Law

Delta House of Assembly Committee on Environment, Oil and Gas
Delta House of Assembly Committee on Environment, Oil and Gas

A public hearing on a bill for a law to establish the Delta State Local Content Agency has been held in Asaba by the State House of Assembly.

The public hearing, organized by the House Committee on Environment, Oil and Gas, the public hearing had in attendance relevant stakeholders to the proposed law.

The Chairman of the Committee, Hon Ekpotuareyin Pullah in his opening remarks, said the exercise was part of the law making process in the Delta State House of Assembly.

Hon Pullah stated that there was the need to seek the inputs of relevant stakeholders to ensuring quality and all embracing law hence the public hearing to allow public contributions to the proposed law.

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The Lawmaker acknowledged receipt of Memoranda from some key stakeholders and announced a grace of additional one week to enable others willing to do same to submit details of their inputs to the Committee.

Hon Pullah, said the Delta State Local Content Agency Bill will promote peace and development in the state, stressing the need for stakeholders to contribute meaningfully to the enactment of the new law.

Anthony Elekeokwuri
Hon Anthony Elekeokwuri, speaking at the Public Hearing

A member of the committee, Hon Anthony Elekeokwuri who represents Ika North East in the house, drew attention to some clauses in the bill and sought the views of stakeholders in the recommendations.

Hon Elekeokwuri reminded all that their contributions was very relevant to the enacting of the proposed law, stressing that their submission would form part of the report on the committee mandated by the house to further scrutinized the bill, ahead of its third reading and passage.

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Emmanuel Amgbaduba
Chief Emmanuel Agbadugba, Delta State Commissioner, Ministry of Oil and Gas speaking at the public hearing

Other members of the Committee, including Honorables Ferguson Onwo, Felix Anirah and Charles Onyiyere commended the interest shown by stakeholders in the law making process of the House.

The State Commissioner, Ministry of Oil and Gas, Chief Emmanuel Amgbadugba led top officials of the ministry to the public hearing which also had in attendance officials of the State Ministry of Justice, representatives of indigenous oil companies and host communities of oil and gas in the state among others.

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