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Wednesday, 28th October, 2020
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Make effective use of oil before it becomes worthless - FG
Sep 29, 2020
Source: CEOAFRICA NEWS: Reported by Blessing Sunday

The Federal Government yesterday enjoined Nigerians to make effective use of oil since it will soon become worthless.

The Minister of State for Petroleum, Timipre Sylva, during an interactive meeting with the leadership of the National Assembly  in Abuja noted that based on a forecast in the global oil industry, oil would be worthless in the next 20 years.

At the meeting headed by the President of the Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan, and targeted at discussing the details of a draft copy of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), Sylva, who sought the cooperation of the National Assembly for speedy passage of the PIB, maintained that the country needed to quickly pass the PIB to make the best of investments from the sector before 2040, as it has already been forecast that there will be 50 percent loss of relevance of crude oil in global market.

His words: “It is quite unfortunate that since year 2000 when attempts were made to come up with draft copy of PIB, to 2007, 2009 and 2012 when draft bills were submitted to different sessions of the National Assembly by the executive arm of government, we are yet to put on ground the required laws for effective regulation of the oil industry.”

“Twenty years have been wasted in putting the laws in place for a sector that has 20 more years of full relevance going by forecasts already made. Forecasts in oil industry circles indicate that oil will play less and less role in global economy. Specifically, by year 2040, which is 20 years away, relevance of oil in global economy will reduce by 50%.”

The Minister said that the PIB as drafted and passed to both Chambers of the National Assembly, if speedily considered and passed, will serve as the foundation of investments. He added that one of the central aims of the bill is to make Nigeria an attractive investment destination.

The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, in his remarks expressed hopes that the PIB through the fresh effort will surely see the light of the day, and added that it is difficult to put a time frame on when the jinx would be broken through the passage of the bill reason being that details of its contents must be understood and thoroughness applied in its consideration.

He said: “The essence of this meeting between the leadership of the National Assembly and officials of the Ministry of Petroleum and NNPC is to discuss the essence and focus of the Petroleum Industry Bill that has been sent to the National Assembly about two weeks ago. We announce that the Bill is now in the National Assembly even though it is not before the National Assembly. By tomorrow when the letter of transmission is read on the floor of the Senate and House of Representatives, we will know what it is the Bill.”

“The essence of this meeting is for us to understand what is in the Bill. That is the essence and purpose of the meeting. This is just for us to interact with you on the content of the Bill so that we have some first-hand information, understanding and idea of what is in there and of course from there the interaction will continue maybe at another level with our committees for the processing of the Bill by the National Assembly leading to its eventual passage by the grace of God.”

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