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Reps’ minority caucus to push for amendment of Petroleum Industry Act ― Elumelu

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The Minority Caucus in the House of Representatives is expected to initiate an amendment to the Petroleum Industry Act, 2021 and tougher oversight on operational policies, capacity and technology in the oil and gas sector to ensure higher productivity, greater transparency as well as check wastes and manipulations in the industry.

Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Hon. Ndudi Elumelu (PDP Delta), gave the assurance at the end of the just-concluded Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) 2021, held in Houston, United States.

Hon. Elumelu maintained that the Minority Caucus will “intensify its legislative roles to ensure greater accountability in the sector, particularly in the context of the recently enacted Petroleum Industry Law (PIL).”

He noted that despite its certain shortcomings, which require further amendments, “the PIL presents robust legal instruments that can guarantee enhanced operations in the midstream and downstream sectors of the industry if effectively implemented and monitored”.

According to him, “the OTC, as a capacity-building forum, afforded us the opportunity to meet and interact with professionals, industry leaders, policymakers and investment partners on global best practices for greater productivity and transparency in the energy sector.

“The Minority Caucus will be leveraging on the gains of the conference to further deepen our efforts towards expanding the productivity in the sector with an emphasis on opportunities in local refining as well as investments in by-product and associated markets so as to achieved our full capacity in the industry.”

He noted that such effort will cover opportunities being missed by Nigeria in pipelines, refining, petrochemicals, crude and product tankers, local distribution as well as other offshore and onshore energy ventures.

The effort, according to the Minority Leader, will further expand our national revenue inflow as well as provide employment and investment opportunities for economic recovery.

The Minority Leader also assured that the Caucus will, upon resumption of plenary, commence critical legislative processes including a possible amendment to the PIL to further guarantee best practices in the industry.

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