The Senate has shifted a scheduled public meeting with 36 state governors on the provisions of the new Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) for tomorrow’s electronic voting on the recommendations of the already debated Senate Constitution Review Report, LEADERSHIP reports.
Senate had mandated four standing Committees namely: Petroleum Resources (Upstream and Downstream), Gas and Judiciary and Human Rights to work on the new PIB by meeting with the public and other stakeholders in the oil and gas industry.
The Joint Committee had initially fixed July 16 -17 to meet with the state governors, minister of petroleum resources, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke, coordinating minister of the economy and finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) minister, Senator Bala Mohammed and the attorney general of the federation and justice minister, Mohammed Adoke.
“The joint committee public meeting with the state governors and other stakeholders will now hold on Thursday and Friday, rather than the Tuesday-Wednesday we had earlier scheduled,” the Joint Committee chairman, Senator Emmanuel Paulker disclosed to newsmen yesterday.
Other invitees include the group managing director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), executive secretary of the Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) and the executive secretary of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board.
All managing directors of International Oil Companies (IOCs) as well as managing directors of indigenous oil companies, including NUPENG and PENGASSAN as well as oil-producing communities were also invited, LEADERSHIP learnt.
Paulker explained, “On the scale of urgent matters of national importance, the constitution of the Federal Republic takes precedence.
“As you were all aware, Senate was unable to vote last Thursday because we had to intervene in the Rivers State House of Assembly fracas of last Tuesday. The whole of Wednesday plenary was devoted to that.”
Paulker, who is also the chairman of the Petroleum Resources (Upstream) noted that Senate also decided on the shift because Wednesday plenary has also been dedicated as a valedictory session for one of its departed colleague, late Senator Pius Ewherido from Delta Central.
“The joint committee decided this time around, to involve all stakeholders in the oil sector so that at the end of the day when the new law is passed, nobody would complain they were left out,” Paulker stated.
Information from Leadership was used in this report.