A copy of the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill 2018, which harmonises the different versions may be found here. Our review of the Bill does not show significant changes from the Bill passed by the Senate in 2017. A more detailed analysis of the Bill will follow.
We’ve been away for a long time! But we come bearing good news. Both houses of the National Assembly on Wednesday 28th of March 2018 passed the harmonized version of the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIGB). See this document which shows the differences between the Senate and House versions of the PIGB and how those differences were resolved. A clean copy of the PIGB will now be presented to the President for his assent. The President has 30 days to give his assent or give any comments he may have on the Bill. The National Assembly may override any veto exercised by the President with a 2/3rds majority vote. Continue reading “National Assembly passes Harmonized Petroleum Industry Governance Bill”
The Nation reports that the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (“NEITI”) has revealed that the Senate has made a fundamental error in the PIGB by failing to “enshrine NEITI principles in the governance process”. Continue reading “NEITI reveals “fundamental error” in PIGB”
Thisdayonline reports that the House of Representatives seeks to pursue another strategy in the passage of petroleum industry reforms. The Chairman of the House Committee, Petroleum Upstream, Hon. Victor Nwokolo (Delta-PDP) indicated in a press conference yesterday that the House bill will include the Petroleum Host Community Fund as well as Fiscal reform matters. This runs against the reports that the PIGB passed by the Senate would be given accelerated hearing by the House.
Given the legislative and political timetables, this recent development will pose a challenge to the adoption of the PIGB or indeed any part of the petroleum industry reforms into law in the near future. It is our opinion that the two houses of the National Assembly should work together in the national interest to avoid further delays to much-needed reforms.
The newspapers continue to cover the fallout from the passage of the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIGB). A few of yesterday’s reports are highlighted below.
YNaija.com publish a scathing opinion piece by Saatah Nubari titled “THE TRASH THAT IS THE PETROLEUM INDUSTRY BILL (PIB)“. Nubari criticised the decision of the Senate not to address the Petroleum Host Community Fund first as in his opinion this is the most critical piece of the raft of legislation to be passed.
The Premium Times provides us with an infograph detailing the decade long journey in the passage of the Petroleum reform bill.
Thisday considers the passage of the bill a small but significant step in the right direction.
Proshareng.com provides a detailed analysis of the contents of the bill, which is worth reading.
A copy of the PIGB 2017 may be found here. The Bill is in a report format and shows the changes made to the Bill after the Joint Committee’s review.
This post has been updated with a link to the final version of the Bill.
The PIGB 2017 passed by the Senate on May 25, 2017, has the following objectives:
- create efficient and effective governing institutions with clear and separate roles for the petroleum industry;
- establish a framework for the creation of commercially oriented and profit driven petroleum entities that ensure value addition and internationalization of the petroleum industry;
- promote transparency and accountability in the administration of petroleum resources of Nigeria; and
- foster a conducive business environment for petroleum industry operations.
The Petroleum Industry Governance Bill was passed at its third reading at the Nigerian Senate today (May 25th, 2017). In the long history of pursuing Petroleum Industry legislative reform in Nigeria, this is the first time that a bill will be passed at the Nigerian Senate.
We shall update you on the changes made to the Bill and the next steps.