Minister of Petroleum Resources, Deziani Allison-Madueke
Kunle Akogun and Muhammad Bello
President Goodluck Jonathan Wednesday forwarded the original Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) to the National Assembly and directed that the soft copy be made available to stakeholders and the public by the Ministry of Petroleum Resources.
The Minister of Petroleum Resources, Deziani Allison-Madueke, who told newsmen that the mode of transmitting the bill to the public will be via the ministry’s website, promised that the soft copy of the document would be loaded on the website of the Petroleum Ministry last night.
According to her, what was sent to the National Assembly was the true and authentic copy which contained some security features to guard against circulation of fake copies. “There is no other Petroleum Industry Bill for 2012. We have seen various adaptations appearing in the media, particularly online, that did not come from the Federal Government of Nigeria and we are unaware of who posted them on these sites,” she said.
“There is only one Petroleum Industry Bill 2012, which has been released today for the first time to the National Assembly and will therefore be available on the Ministry of Petroleum Resources site by this evening for down loading.
“You will notice that inside the bill there are water marks including a signature across each page that says the Petroleum Industry Bill for 2012 and the Coat of Arms of the nation and this is the only Petroleum Industry Bill that we have produced.
“Therefore all other versions or adaptations are not valid and have never been. I will like all Nigerians to please take note,” she said.
Allison-Madueke further explained that the bill took into consideration the previous one submitted to the sixth National Assembly,
“But we have had to review it in great detail and rework the bill to reflect as much as possible the entire spectrum of what we considered will be the substantial strategic framework for the petroleum industry and the amalgamation of over 16 laws in the oil and gas sector, that will carry this sector for years to come.
“This is therefore the definitive petroleum industry bill and we expect that it will receive due consideration in the National Assembly.”