May 22, 2024
Petroleum Industry Act, beginning of new era in Nigeria —PPPRA
Petroleum Industry, beginning of a new era in Nigeria ---PPPRA
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Petroleum Industry Act, beginning of new era in Nigeria —PPPRA

By Eyo Nsima

The Petroleum Products Pricing and Regulatory Agency, has described the passage of the nation’s Petroleum Industry Bill, PIB, as the beginning of a new era in Nigeria.

In a statement obtained by The Daily, www.thedaily-ng.com, Executive Secretary, PPPRA, Abdulkadir Saidu, stated: “The PPPRA congratulates His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, the Honourable Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva and the 9th National Assembly for finally making the historic Petroleum Industry Act (PIA) a reality.

“The PIA which provides legal, governance, a regulatory and fiscal framework for the Nigerian petroleum industry, the development of host communities and related matters, marks the beginning of a new era in the growth and development of the entire oil and gas industry. Delivering on the promise to create an environment with a transparent, clear and robust legal and regulatory regime is sure to open up new vistas in the oil and gas industry, and the Nigerian economy.

“The implementation of the PIA will foster greater investment to the sector. It will also lead to transparency and efficient resource management, provide a more consistent standard of operations and ensure less cumbersome regulatory control of the industry, among other gains.

“The PPPRA especially commends the Federal Government for taking the bold step at resolving longstanding hitches such as the issue of overlapping functions in the regulation of the sector. The establishment of the Nigerian Upstream Regulatory Commission (NURC), as well as the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA), clearly delineates the roles of industry operators and regulators.”

It added: “There is no gainsaying that the PIA signals the implementation of full deregulation of the downstream sector. However, it remains worthy of note that the PIA does not automatically translate to an immediate increase in the price of PMS. The current price will remain until a negotiation with organized labour, which will develop a feasible framework that minimizes the impact of a Market-Based pricing policy on the masses, is concluded.”

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