The President of the Nigerian Senate Ahmad Lawan has vowed that the recently inaugurated Ninth Assembly will end the jinx and quicken the passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB).
According to Lawan who was speaking when he received the Chief Executive Officer of the ExxonMobil Group, Mr. Pul McGrath in Abuja on Thursday, the jinx will be broken this time around after several attempts have been made by previous assemblies to pass the PIB to no avail.
He said; “We came closer in the 8th Assembly, we disaggregated the Bill, we did better than previous Assemblies. Unfortunately, we ran out of time. We have vibrant team now, I promise Nigerians, we will start as soon as we inaugurate our committee and they will start the work on the PIB.
“This time around, we will work with every stakeholder in the industry. Whatsoever it will take to make this Bill beneficial to Nigerians and the players, we will not hesitate.
“We demand your collaboration, we will work together in the interest of the country and everyone,” Lawan added.
He said the move to ensure the passage of the bill was for the benefit of Nigeria and also called on multinational companies operating in the Niger Delta region of the country to intensify efforts on their Corporate Social Responsibility.
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