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Waziri Adio to legislators: You can pass all four PIBs before 2019… do it for Nigeria

Waziri Adio to legislators: You can pass all four PIBs before 2019… do it for Nigeria
January 19
07:02 2018
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Waziri Adio, executive secretary, Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI), has urged the national assembly to pass all four subsets of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) before 2019 elections.

Adio in a series of tweets said the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIGB), a part of the PIB which passed third reading in the house of representatives on Wednesday, was the easiest nut to crack.

He said the Petroleum Host Community Bill, Petroleum Industry Fiscal Bill and the Petroleum Industry Administration Bill would present challenges before final passage.

But he noted that it is “possible” and encouraged the national assembly to make it happen so the executive can sign them into law before politicking begins.

“Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIGB). The Nigerian Senate had passed the same bill on May 25, 2017. This is a major and commendable development,” he tweeted.

“Since the journey for an omnibus law for the petroleum sector started in 2000, with the introduction of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) in the parliament in 2008 as a key milestone, this is the farthest we have come on this issue.

“These other bills, especially the first two, are supposed to be more contentious than the PIGB. In a sense, what has been passed may be the easiest of the lot.

“If the National Assembly succeeds in passing all the four bills and the executive signs them all before politicking for 2019 starts, that will be a solid achievement indeed. It is possible. Please do this for Nigeria.”

Adio also used the opportunity to commend Bukola Saraki, senate president, Yakubu Dogara, house speaker, other members of the legislature and members of the executive arm of government.

“Special commendation should go to Bukola Saraki, senate president, for taking the lead on this, and Yakubu Dogara, speaker, chairs and members of the relevant committees and their other colleagues in Nigerian senate and Nigerian house of representatives for bringing this to historic point,” he tweeted.

“Commendation should also go the executive arm for tactically yielding the ground to the legislature and providing quiet support to allow national assembly sort an issue that it has been blamed for over three assemblies.”

 

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