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Petroleum Industry Bill: Senate assures it will pass document this year

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THE Senate has reiterated that it will this year, ensure the passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB). Disclosing this in Lagos during an oversight of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) facility, Chairman of Senate Committee on Petroleum Resources (Downstream) Senator Sabo Mohammed said that the PIB will not be passed until the Senate had received recommendations in form of memoranda from all the critical stakeholders and was able to reach an understanding on the contents of the proposed bill.

The visit was the first by the Senate Joint Committee on Petroleum since the 9th Senate.

Senator Mohammed said, “We are here to interact with you. Well like to confirm to you our intention to pass the PIB this year. We want to hear everybody we agree on the package and hope it will be signed this year’s. It is for our own good as well as the industry.”

In his remarks, the Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Department of Petroleum, Sarki Auwalu said that the agency under his watch generated a whopping N2.4 trillion to support government revenue last year; despite the challenge of oil theft.

On why crude oil theft was still high, Auwalu however explained that the theft occurred mainly at the five land terminals out of a total of 28 terminals and that since it began to barge the operations, the incidents have reduced drastically.

He assured that the lawmakers that the DPR will continue to create opportunities for both local and foreign investors; pointing out that the Petroleum Department has the digital technology required to surpass its current performance.

Auwalu said, “The department sees itself as opportunity agency for foreign and local investors and poised to help government actualise its goals.

“We recognise the digital age so that the data can be easily assessed for government and the people.

“We consider this visit not only as an oversight but we believe your visit will enable us do more.”

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