PIA Will Attract Investment, Create More Jobs In Nigeria's Oil Sector-Buhari - EDU-BIZNEWS


Wednesday, August 18, 2021

PIA Will Attract Investment, Create More Jobs In Nigeria's Oil Sector-Buhari

President Mohamedu Buhari says the implementation of the Petroluem Industry Act PIA  which begins in 2022 ,will attract Investment to the Nigeria's Oil and Gas sector, create more jobs and boost the revenue earnings of the country

Buhari made this known on Wednesday in Abuja, while approving the Steering Committee headed by the Minister of State For Petroluem Resources, Timipre Sylva whose committee has been given the sole responsibility of supervising  the implementation of the provisions of the act in the next 12 months 

The President in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, listed other members of the committee to include the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Dr Nasir Gwarzo; the Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Mele Kyari; Executive Chairman, Federal Inland Revenue Service, Muhammad Nami as well as a representative of the Ministry of Justice of that of the Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning

Also included in the committee are  Senior Special Assistant to the President on Natural Resources, Olufemi Lijadu as External Legal Adviser; while the Executive Secretary, Petroleum Technology Development Fund, Dr Bello Gusau, will serve as Head of the Coordinating Secretariat and the Implementation Working Group.

His words, “The steering committee shall guide the effective and timely implementation of the PIA in the course of transition to the petroleum industry envisaged in the reform programme, and ensure that the new institutions created have the full capability to deliver on their mandate under the new legislation.

“The committee has 12 months for the assignment and periodic updates will be given to the President.”, the statement added

Buhari  lamented the loss of $50bn worth of investments in the petroleum industry since 2011 due to the absence of the PIA.

The President who revealed  this in Abuja at a ceremony on the passage of the PIA, which preceded the Federal Executive Council meeting, blamed the loss on the stagnation and uncertainty of the nation's Petroluem Industry in the past 10 years.

He  attributed the stagnation to the lack of political will on the part of past administrations to actualise the needed transformation.

The President said his assent to the PIB on August 16, 2021 marked the end of decades of uncertainty and under-investment in Nigeria’s petroleum industry.

He said, “We are all aware that past administrations had identified the need to further align the industry for global competitiveness, but there was a lack of political will to actualise this needed transformation.

“This lack of progress stagnated the growth of the industry and the prosperity of our economy. In the past 10 years, Nigeria lost an estimated $50bn worth of investments due to uncertainty created by the non-passage of the PIB.

“This administration believes that the timely passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill will help our country attract investments across the oil and gas value chain.

“In view of the value our nation and investors will derive from a stable fiscal framework for the oil and gas industry, our administration has found it necessary to work with the two chambers of the National Assembly to ensure the passage of the PIB”,he stated

Buhari noted that the signing of the bill was part of the regime’s commitment to building a competitive and resilient petroleum industry that would attract investment, improve revenue base, create jobs and support the economic diversification agenda.

He appealed to host communities to accept the new regulation, saying it would bring lasting benefits to them.

According to him, “The Act also provides for a direct benefit framework that will enable the sustainable development of host communities. I appeal to the host communities to look carefully at the contents of the Act, whose implementation will bring real and lasting benefits to them.

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