PIB Gains Traction At The Senate

…Passage May Be By Q2

Tunde Bakare

The Senate has signified its willingness to pass the long-delayed Petroleum Industry, PIB, Bill by the second quarter of 2021.

Senate President Ahmed Lawan gave the assurances during a parliamentary session on Monday.

The measure, which is 20 years in the making, underpins everything from oil exploration to gas pipelines and fuel regulation and was sent by President Muhammadu Buhari to the Senate in September.

The Bill had passed a first reading in both chambers before the end of 2020.

“This Bill will be passed the second quarter of this year,” Lawan said, adding that lawmakers were targeting April or May.

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, said in June that despite delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic the Bill would be passed by the end of 2020, marking the latest missed target in two decades.

The Bill would change the structure of the NNPC, amend oil and gas taxes and revenue-sharing and create new regulatory bodies, among other things, to make Nigeria’s oil sector more dynamic and efficient.

The laws governing Nigeria’s oil and gas exploration have not been fully updated since the 1960s because of the contentious nature of any change to oil taxes, the terms of exploration, and revenue-sharing.

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