PIB should be broken up to speed passage – Minister
Nigeria should break up its long-awaited Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) to speed its passage through parliament, the Minister of Petroleum, Diezani Alison-Madueke, has said.
The bill aims to reform oil taxes and licences and overhaul the structure of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Reuters reports.
PIB has been more than five years in the making and has not been passed because of political wrangling over its many clauses. Oil majors are also unhappy about proposed fiscal terms.
Uncertainty while it is being debated has held up billions of dollars worth of exploration and production. President Goodluck Jonathan sent the latest draft of the bill to lawmakers about two years ago.
“I think that it (PIB) should actually be broken up at this point in time if that will allow it to move forward,” Alison-Madueke said at a panel discussion at the World Economic Forum in Abuja.
“We have been pondering for some time now. Of course that’s something we have to look at alongside the National Assembly,” she said.
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