PIB – House of Representatives seeks to pursue another route

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.

PIGB 2017 – Objectives

The PIGB 2017 passed by the Senate on May 25, 2017, has the following objectives:

  1. create efficient and effective governing institutions with clear and separate roles for the petroleum industry;
  2. establish a framework for the creation of commercially oriented and profit driven petroleum entities that ensure value addition and internationalization of the petroleum industry;
  3. promote transparency and accountability in the administration of petroleum resources of Nigeria; and
  4. foster a conducive business environment for petroleum industry operations.

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Breaking News – History is made as the Nigerian Senate passes the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill

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.

 

 

PIGB laid before the Senate for Debate

The Joint Committee tasked with reviewing the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIGB) in the Senate has laid its report before the house. This signifies the completion of the Committee’s review process. The next step is the clause by clause debate of the Bill at its third hearing, currently scheduled for the 25th of April, 2017.  Continue reading “PIGB laid before the Senate for Debate”

Supremacy Battle Between Presidency, N’Assembly Stalls Legislation on PIB

There are indications that the passage of the PIB may be nowhere is sight as information gathered from ThisDay suggests that the delay in the passage of the Bill is actually due to internal wrangling between the National Assembly and the Executive, a power play centered around which arm of government is responsible for the passage of the Bill. This is in addition to the unresolved issue of the inclusion or otherwise of the host community fund in the Bill. The report decried this debacle calling it a major embarrassment for Nigeria in view of the landmark passage of a similar Bill by Ghana’s parliament last week.

The paper went on to report that the Group Managing Director (GMD) of NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Baru has promised to continue with the reform initiatives started by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, and further grow the fortunes of NNPC by focusing on a 12-point agenda, which includes security of oil installations, the new business models, joint venture cash calls, production and reserve growth, growth of the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC), gas development, oil and gas infrastructure, and refinery upgrade and expansion.

 

EXCLUSIVE-Stalled Nigerian oil law broken up, new draft splits state giant

It was recently reported by Reuters Africa that the government is breaking up the Petroleum Industry Bill and replacing it first with a law to overhaul the state sector. This new Bill, entitled “Petroleum Industry Governance and Institutional Framework Bill 2015” aims to create “commercially oriented and profit driven petroleum entities” and close loopholes that bred corruption.

Some of the changes reportedly made to the new Bill include amongst others, curtailment of Ministerial powers, the splitting of NNPC  into  two separate entities: the Nigeria Petroleum Assets Management Co (NPAM) and a National Oil Company (NOC). The NOC will be an “integrated oil and gas company operating as a fully commercial entity” and will run like a private company. It will keep its revenues, deduct costs directly and pay dividends to the government thus putting an end to the era of waiting for Federal allocation for funding and always failing to meet cash call obligations.

You will recall that in the recent past we had reported that the former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, suggested that the PIB be split up to ensure speedy passage into law. This sentiment is one that is shared by many industry stakeholders although there are others who believe that splitting the Bill is not in Nigeria’s best interest.

This is an interesting development and one we intend to watch closely to see how the pendulum swings. Should this Petroleum Industry Governance and Institutional Framework Bill 2015 be passed as reported, we do hope it addresses not just a few, but all the lacunae and institutional issues which the previous PIB was not able to effectively tackle. We are at least certain of one fact, it will be a welcomed  development for NNPC JV partners.