The National Assembly Joint Committee on the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) has assured Nigerians that it will ensure a speedy passage of the Bill.
The assurance was given Monday in Kaduna during the committee’s tour of the Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Company (KRPC).
The Chairman of the Senate Committee on the Petroleum Industry Bill, Senator Sabo Nakudu said the National Assembly was aware of the conditions of the refineries in the country, including the Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Company (KRPC), and is working tirelessly on the passage of the PIB.
According to him, “our role as members of the National Assembly is to support the executive to make sure whatever they want to achieve is given the required legislative support”.
Nakudu, who lamented the state of the country’s refineries, said “the situation of our refineries is terrible”.
He further explained that the essence of the tour was to give them first-hand information about the state of the refineries to collaborate, seek opinions and views on what legislative inputs the people want, so as to enable them to pass the PIB.
The Senate Committee chairman was optimistic that by the time they pass the bill, the refineries will come back to life.
Also speaking, the Co-chairman of the committee on Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) at the House of Representatives, Mr. Muhammad Mongono noted that the passage of the bill has been postponed severally, but this time around, there is a commitment on the part of the National Assembly to make sure the bill is passed, adding that amendments of the laws concerning the oil and gas industry are long overdue.
He stated that since the world is moving away from fuel to renewable energy, it became an issue of great concern to accelerate the quick passage of the bill.
In his remarks, the Managing Director of KRPC, Mr. Ezekiel Osarolube, said that the visit by the National Assembly Joint Committee will serve as a morale booster to the members of staff, who in spite of the numerous challenges sustained operations of the plant up to 2017 when they experienced a major plant failure.
He further disclosed that the plant operated for nine days in June 2019 until the available crude oil in the refinery was exhausted, assuring the team of his support on what he described as a critical national assignment of making KRPC and other refineries work again.