Niger Delta Set To Hold Economic Discourse Series Addressing PIA Related Issues.
In April, the Bayelsa State capital, Yenagoa, will host the first edition of a Niger Delta Economic Discourse Series to address crucial challenges resulting from the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA).
State governors, ministries, oil firms and their CEOs, host community management, and the private sector, among others, are expected to attend.
The summit’s theme is “Achieving sustainable development in a PIA driven economy,” and it will feature novel research, rare comprehensive evaluations of current policy planks, and driving intervention initiatives that influence the Niger Delta.
Organizers of the summit, Jacob Abai, Publisher, GbaramatuVoice Newspaper, said various other topics linked to the well-being of the Niger Delta in important facets will top the debate, which will take place from April 12 to 13, 2022, at the Banquet Hall, Bayelsa State Government House, Yenagoa.
“The research question will provide answers to such other critical subject areas as Host Community Development Trust Fund whether it will be enough to address the issue of accountability by Oil and Gas Operators.
“It will look at whether the proposed ‘fund penalty’ to be borne by host communities for non-force majeure disruption of productions will be adequate to stimulate shared pact and responsibilities.
“It will further probe into the role of technology in the implementation of the PIA, and inquire into emerging opportunities that exist for MSMEs along the Value Chains.
“It will be concerned with offering clues to the related financing implications and opportunities for SMEs and further highlight the opportunities the Petroleum Industry Act- PIA offer Niger Delta youths.
“The Discourse category will look at the problems and prospects of the PIA matrix and how it could impact on underlying existential mobility in inter-agency cooperation with host communities.
“It hopes to also look at critical social engineering constraints and citizens engagement index in the shared responsibilities,” he conjectured in a statement.
As a result, Abai requested papers that cover a wide range of research problems, and that “such an attempt should mix varied statistical measures with concise and analytical storytelling, precisely linked with the PIA ecosystem’s newest results.”
According to him, all papers submitted to www.nigerdeltaeconomicseries.com should be written in “Times Roman font, APA format, two-line spacing parameters, and no more than 10 pages,” with accepted papers being published in the Discourse series manual and shared in national and international peer-review journals.