Lawmaker suggests collaboration in downstream sector 

By Lawan Hamidu, Abuja

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A member of the House of Representatives has suggested a collaboration between the executive and the legislative arms of government to reform oil and gas sector in Nigeria.

In a chat with Voice of Nigeria, Mr. Peter Akpatason said a lot needed to be done to ensure an acceptable Petroleum Industry Bill, PIB, for the sector to contribute to the economy.

In the 8th Assembly, the PIB was segmented into four components one of which is Petroleum Industry Governance Bill, PIGB and was passed but President Muhammadu Buhari declined assent to the bill citing anomalies.

Mr. Akpatason, who is the Deputy House Leader explained that ”the PIB, is the most politicised bill in the National Assembly.”

According to him, the only way the PIB can scale through without much delay is for the executive and the legislative arms of government to come together and get some experts work out the best draft.

“PIB has been the most politicised project, all the way from the Executive and even right here in the National Assembly because of a lot of contending interests all over the place.

”The multinationals formed its block and interest. In politics we have all our various interests all through. The refining block is another, the marketers is another factor, and transporters are another big factor.”

“A lot of people are benefiting from a dysfunctional oil sector and these people are very powerful and highly influenced people. People that can manipulate anything possible in this country.

”That is why you see that even the draft that comes to the National Assembly, you see elements of political twisting and if you try to correct at the level of Committees these interests will come to play,” the lawmaker added.

 

Mercy Chukwudiebere