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”.