The National Secretary of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Nigeria’s major opposition party, Lawal Shuaibu, has declined his appointment as a member of the task force on the passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB).
Mr. Shuaibu made the decline in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Abuja.
The Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, on Monday set up an eight-member special committee to ensure speedy passage of the PIB.
Mr. Shuaibu said that the appointment was well appreciated. He, however, begged to be excused due to party responsibilities and pressing national issues.
“I wish to humbly decline by reason of principle.
“I am currently the national secretary of the ACN faced with enormous responsibility of running the national secretariat as well as arranging meetings of the Party, which are very frequent these days, especially owing to current pressing national issues which occupy a greater part of my daily schedule.
“I thank the Hon. Minister for the kind gesture extended to me and wish other members of the Task Force, my former colleagues in the National Assembly, success in the assignment