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Reps to prioritize passage of PIGB  …As Gbajiabiamila lauds Baru on industry stability

From Atiku Sarki, Abuja 

 

The 9th National Assembly will give priority to the passage of the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIGB) in order to consolidate and reposition the oil and gas industry for the benefit of all the people of the nation.

Speaker, House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajiabiamila, made this commitment during a visit by the outgoing Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Maikanti Baru, to introduce the incoming GMD, Mr. Mele Kyari, to the Speaker.

A statement by the Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division of the NNPC, Mr. Ndu Ughamadu, stated that Hon. Gbajiabiamila pledged to get the National Assembly to work further on the bill to give it a speedy passage.

The Speaker also commended Dr. Baru for stabilizing the oil and gas industry during his tenure.

“I thank you for working harmoniously with us, there were no fuel shortages, the usual scandals associated with the oil industry were absent throughout your tenure,” Hon. Gbajabiamila said.

He affirmed the readiness of the 9th National Assembly to sustain the existing cordial relationship with NNPC, adding that: “As long as oil and gas remain the mainstay of the economy, we must get the industry right.” Malam Mele Kyari, the Speaker described him as a highly respected industry professional whose reputation precedes his name, saying: “I have no doubt based on what I have heard that you will definitely make it.”

Speaking earlier, the Group Managing Director of NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Baru, congratulated the Speaker on his election, describing him as the best person to take the House of Representatives to the next level.

He said NNPC, even after his tenure, would remain focused on delivering dividends of democracy to the people of the nation and also sustain constructive engagement with the National Assembly and other critical stakeholders.

The GMD assured the Speaker of the new NNPC management’s capacity to take the oil and gas industry to the next level.

“I thank you for supporting me; I have no doubt that you will equally support the incoming GMD. We thank Mr. President for appointing him and he will surely not disappoint,” he said.

 

He said the visit was in appreciation of the cordial relationship he had with the National Assembly throughout his tenure.

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