The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, has called on people from oil producing states to persevere over the delay by President Muhammadu Buhari, to sign into law the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB).

He said the delay did not mean the president did not want the bill to see the light of the day but that he was only being careful to ensure that areas of concerns were addressed to make the law work.

Kachikwu spoke last week at Ibigwe, Ohaji Egbema Local Government Area of Imo State at the ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of the first modular refinery in the state being built by Waltersmith Refining & Petrochemical Company Limited.

While calling on Nigerians not to lose hope on the PIB, Kachikwu called on the National Assembly to continue to work on the bill to make it “comfortable” for the president to assent to.