Nigeria: Labour Leader, Peter Esele, Gets Federal Appointment

Not quite two days after the one week old nationwide strike was suspended by the organized labour, Comrade Peter Esele, President of the Trade Union Congress, TUC, one of the organs involved in talks with the Federal Government over the petrol subsidy strike, has been given a Federal appointment.

He is to serve, along with seven others, on a special task force to fast track passage of the controversial Petroleum Industry Bill, PIB, before the National Assembly.

Other members of the panel (Special PIB Task Force) include: Senator Udoma Udo Udoma as Chairman, Senator Tunde Ogbeha, Senator Lawan Shuaibu, Chibudom Nwuche, Abdullahi Gumel, Habeeb Fashinro and the Legal Adviser, Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources.

According to a statement in Abuja, the responsibility of the adhoc body is to lobby the National Assembly to promptly pass the Bill into law.

The statement from the Petroleum Ministry reads:

“Following the promise made by President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR, earlier today, that the passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) will be “given accelerated attention”, the Honorable Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, has today set up a bi-partisan Special PIB Task Force to work with the Ministry to further facilitate the quick passage of the PIB.

The Special PIB Task Force will be inaugurated on Thursday, January 19th at 10am in the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources”.

  1. A A Bashir esq. Reply

    To my mind the whole committee set-up is a waste. Do we need a committee for NASS to do their job and what is the role of the liason officer of the presidency to the NASS. This is another face of corruption. It has no difference with wastes of national resources in voting 1 billion to feed the president , NASS jumbo pays and the several costs of running govt. viewed as fraud. However, be it as it may, appointing peter esele is good. To me the masses should be represented by a person like esele. People may think they fail us, but, I think without them, we will have continue to buy at the IMF/ world bank cum FG 141 naira price per litre.

  2. adeade Reply

    Appointment or not,what is worth consideration is the essence of this so called committee; why do we need special committee to “lobby” members of the National Assembly before they can pass the PIB bill.Is it not outrageous that the same Assembly that played intermediary role between the almighty federal government and the masses on the related fuel subsidy crisis issue that bedevilled the country only recently, would still require a committee of lobbyists to do the right thing in the interest of the people they claim to represent; These are people who were not the initiators nor did they know the contents of the said bill and I wonder how they would be in the right position to “lobby” the national assembly.There are many experts and ex-political office holders who know much better than many of these committee members and are ready to serve the people but have conciously been ignored… Many more questions are beggging for answers.

  3. gold Reply

    hmmmm why did the president not appoint Pastor Bakare OR BUHARI . i think the Labour guy is s very brilliant fool to accept such appointment two days after some people loss their lifes for the NLC/LU strike so theses fools were actually using the masses to be able to eat from the National cake, THEY ONLY COMPANIN COS THEY WERE NOT ALLOW TO EAT/STEAL FROM THE NATIONAL CAKE , ONCE THEY ARE ALLOWED NO MORE STRIKE. the FG always uses Money to make some reasonable individual look very Stupid . most Nigerians value money MORE THAN THEIR LIFE WHAT A PITY

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