Following the inability of the Executive to forward new version of the Petroleum Industry Bill, PIB, to the National Assembly, the House of Representatives is now set to hold a stakeholders conference on the new legislation.
The summit, according to a statement by Ms. ‘Rinsola Abiola SA (New Media) to the Speaker, will collate suggestions on the new bill that will be presented for legislation by the House.
Speaker Yakubu Dogara had, earlier this year, announced that the green chamber was drafting its own version of the bill as a result of failure by the Executive to forward its proposed version of the law.
Consequently, the House, in furtherance of its commitment to ensure the passage of an appropriate legal framework for the management and development of the Petroleum Industry in Nigeria, has proposed a National Stakeholders Workshop on Petroleum Industry Reform, scheduled to hold from Monday 13th – Wednesday 15th June 2016, at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.
According to the statement, ”the primary objective of the workshop is to bring all Stakeholders in the industry together to afford them the opportunity of discussing relevant issues pertaining to the reform of the Petroleum Industry in Nigeria and contributing to the development of an appropriate legal framework for petroleum industry reform.
”It is expected that the deliberations at the workshop will enhance the quality of any Bill that will in due course be considered by the House, and enhance the quality of debate thereto and hopefully facilitate its smooth passage.
”For the facilitators, participants, and the Nigerian public and particularly, members of the National Assembly, the Workshop provides a unique opportunity to learn more about the Nigerian petroleum industry, how it works, why reform has failed in the past, and why it must not fail this time. It will give all interested persons a greater appreciation of the opportunities and challenges of the sector from diverse perspectives as well as grant them access to the various, sometimes-divergent positions held in different quarters.
”Consequently, the workshop will interrogate salient issues that will lead to the emergence of appropriate drafts that is in sync with national interests as well as provide direction during the legislative drafting process while promoting the emergence of an industry that provides a level playing field for all deserving operators.
”To achieve this, the workshop is planned in such a way that various areas of participants’ expertise will be harnessed by allowing opinions and perspectives that differ from one another, whilst ensuring that all contributions are made in an atmosphere of mutual respect. It is further expected that tasks undertaken will be devoid of sentiments and be positively driven by the over-riding objective of ultimately aiding a smooth legislative process, leading to the enactment of laws that promote the development and progress of Nigeria.
”Above all, the workshop is intended to result in a connected set of Bills which promote transparency; contain robust governance mechanisms; clearly define roles; provide a standardized and acceptable framework for fiscal and revenue generation and management; effectively regulate and maximise the potentials of the upstream and downstream petroleum sectors; and positively promote the realisation of environmental and community benefits and corporate social responsibility.
”The House is confident that with the assistance of all participants, including the media and all stakeholders, they will achieve all of these and more,” the statement said.

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