Intels denies sponsoring OGFZA Act amendment

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Anna Okon

Intels Nigeria Limited has denied sponsoring a bill to amend the Oil and Gas Free Zones Authority Act, describing the allegations as “ridiculous, preposterous and laughable.”

In a statement made available to our correspondent, the Media Consultant to Intels Nigeria Limited, Mr. Bolaji Akinola, described those behind the allegation as “disgruntled elements” who were not interested in the advancement of the oil and gas sector.

He said, “It is an insult on our distinguished and honourable members of the National Assembly for anyone or group to insinuate that they are being ‘teleguided’ by a company to do their job. Nigeria is endowed with highly intelligent and patriotic lawmakers who have engaged themselves studiously to enact laws that will advance good governance and the nation’s economic well-being.

“It is therefore totally wrong for anyone to suggest that they are doing the bidding of a corporate entity. It is a great insult.”

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Akinola said since public hearing had been part of the process of lawmaking, those who were not happy with the proposed amendment should send their positions to the legislature.

He said, “The guerrilla tactics these people have resorted to over the proposed OGFZA Bill amendment are uncalled for. They are at liberty to send their positions in support or against the amendment to the distinguished lawmakers rather than trying to disparage the lawmaking process or trying to discredit an innocent organisation that is fully occupied with making its contributions to the nation’s economic advancement.

“As a law abiding corporate citizen of this country, we have submitted ourselves to regulation and will continue to cooperate fully with authorised government agencies. The question to ask is: why are those crying wolf, where there is none, afraid of being regulated?”

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Akinola said contrary to the speculations, Intels was not a monopoly, adding that the firm was only one of over 170 companies in operation at the Onne Oil and Gas Free Zone in Rivers State.

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