2019: Presidential Aspirants Debate Plans for Oil Sector

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Aspirants to the of ce of President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 2019 would have a chance to marshal their plans and programmes for the oil and gas sector of the economy and convince the electorate of their capacity and readiness to ensure economic growth and development of the country.

Come Wednesday, September 26, 2018, OrderPaper Advocacy Initiative (OAI), will host the inaugural Development Dialogue Series (DDS) where aspirants across party lines will address industry experts, civil society leaders and the media on their understanding of the oil and gas industry and how they intend to turn the fortunes of the industry for the better. The high pro le event will hold at the prestigious Eko Hotel in Lagos.

A statement by the Executive Director of OAI, Oke Epia, said aspirants billed to attend the rst in the series include Governor of Gombe State, Ibrahim Dankwambo, former Kano State governor and incumbent senator, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, and Prof Funmilayo Adesanya- Davies, all of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Others are Mr. Tope Fasua

of the Abundant Nigeria Renewal Party (ARNP), Fela Durotoye of the Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN), Prof Remi Sonaiya and Adeshina Fagbenro-Byron of KOWA party, Dr. Yunusa Tanko of the National Conscience Party (NCP); and Comrade Jaye Gaskia of the Sustainable National Party (SNP).

Also expected are Dr. Baba Datti-Ahmed (PDP); Omoyele Sowore of the Africa Action Congress (AAC) and Prof. Kingsley Moghalu of the Young Peoples Party (YPP).

The statement noted that the stalled sector reforms re ected by the non-assent to the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIGB) has brought the issues of growth, development and sustainability of the economy into sharp focus, thereby making it expedient for aspirants to the of ce of president in 2019 to address Nigerians on the matter.

“The situation with the PIGB indicates the need for deep re ection, introspection and fresh perspectives on the fate of both the reforms contemplated by the PIGB and indeed the entire oil and gas industry of the country,” the statement noted.