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PIB to Be Passed this Month of June – Senate President

The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan has said that the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), will be passed this month of June.

Speaking at the fourth edition of the Nigeria International Petroleum Summit (NIPS) the Senate President said that the National Assembly was cautious to accommodate imputs from a wide range of the Petroleum industry stakeholders.

According to Lawan, the national assembly was to pass the PIB in May, however there was need to to put in place a legistive framework to further encourage foreign investment and development in the industry.

“At the moment, I think they (joint committee of the two chambers of the national assembly on PIB) are about to start writing the report, which they will lay before the two chambers of the national assembly, probably by the middle of next month which is June” he said.

“It is our determination, plan and design that we will be able to pass the PIB by the end of June. But we are determined to pass this PIB by the end of June” he said.
He said that the PIB is one essential and probably the most essential legislation that need to be passed as this is going to change the entire economic scope of Nigeria.

“There’ll be more resources, foreign direct investment flowing into the country and more certainty that is essential that you can come to Nigeria and invest in the oil industry, because there’s a legal framework that regulates the entire environment ” he said.

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