Journalists from 17 states of south-south, South-East and South-West geopolitical zones have converged on Uyo, the Akwa Ibom state capital to deliberate on the need for President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Assembly to urgently ensure the Petroleum Industry Governance bill (PIGB) becomes an Act.
Participants including the National Secretary of NUJ, Shuaibu Leman, at a workshop on PIGB engagement organised by FOSTER, a UK powered body, in collaboration with the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), are brainstorming on how to educate stakeholders on the urgent need to rescue the oil and gas industry from total collapse.
The National Assembly passed the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIGB) in 2018 and President Muhammadu Buhari withheld his assent citing technical reason.
Addressing the workshop, President of NUJ, Comrade Chris Isiguzo said the media had enough power to ensure timely passage of the PIGB into law..
He called on oil and gas players, President Buhari and the National Assembly to iron out their differences on PIGB and ensure it become an act in no distance time.
FOSTER Representative, Dr Michael Uzoigwu urged Nigerian media use their reports/news stories to stimulate its passage again by the lawmakers for presidential assent.
Dr Uzoigwu said the bill would eliminate inefficiency and good governance in the petroleum industry.