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CSOs call for speedy passage of Petroleum Industry Bill

Civil Society Organisations have called for the speedy passage of the age-long Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), to enhance the nation’s oil and Gas Industry.

At a Strategy meeting in Abuja to engage relevant stakeholders towards transforming the Bill into Law, Executive Director, African Centre for Leadership, Strategy and Development, Mr Monday Osasah stressed the need for the National Assembly to pass the 20 years old pending Petroleum Industry Bill for Nigeria to reckon with oil-producing nations.

The meeting put together by the African Center for Leadership, Strategy and Development, focused on Strengthening Civic  Engagement and Advocacy for effective Natural Resource Governance in Nigeria II.

Mr. Monday Osasah said the Petroleum Industry Bill would provide a legal and regulatory framework to guide operations and activities in the Oil and Gas Sector.

Coordinator, Open Society Initiative for West Africa, Mr. Joseph Amenaghawon and the Director, Extractive 360, Mrs. Juliet Alohan said the Bill when passed into law would create more job opportunities.

At the meeting, the Director Technical, Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI), Dr. Dietor Bassi said PIB was long overdue to allow proper management of the nation’s resources.

The Senior Special Assistant, Office of the Chief of Staff to Deputy Senate President, Mr. Voke Ighorodje expressed the determination of the National Assembly to ensure that PIB was passed into law.

Samuel Adeyinka

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