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“Nigeria has lost $50bn worth of investments due to non-passage of the PIB.”- President Buhari reveals

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According to report reaching oyogist.com, the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has lamented a loss of $50bn worth of investments in the petroleum industry since 2011 due to the absence of the Petroleum Industry Act.

Buhari made this assertion in Abuja on Wednesday at a ceremony on passage of the PIA, which preceded the Federal Executive Council meeting.

Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, disclosed this in a statement titled ‘Nigeria Lost Estimated $50bn Worth of Investments In 10 Years Due To Stagnation, Uncertainty Over Petroleum Industry, Says President Buhari’.

The President said assent to the Petroleum Industry Bill on August 16, 2021 marked the end of decades of uncertainty and under-investment in Nigeria’s petroleum industry.

He said, “We are all aware that past administrations have identified the need to further align the industry for global competitiveness, but there was a lack of political will to actualise this needed transformation.

“This lack of progress has stagnated the growth of the industry and the prosperity of our economy. In the past 10 years, Nigeria has lost an estimated $50bn worth of investments due to uncertainty created by the non-passage of the PIB.

“This administration believes that the timely passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill will help our country attract investments across the oil and gas value chain.

“In view of the value our nation and investors will derive from a stable fiscal framework for the oil and gas industry, our administration has found it necessary to work with the two chambers of the National Assembly to ensure the passage of the PIB.’’

The president noted that the signing of the bill was part of the regime’s commitment to building a competitive and resilient petroleum industry that will attract investment, improve revenue base, create jobs and support the economic diversification agenda.

“The Act also provides for a direct benefit framework that will enable the sustainable development of Host Communities. I appeal to the host communities to look carefully at the contents of the Bill which in the implementation will bring real and lasting benefits to them.

“Furthermore, the Act provides for a deliberate end to gas flaring which would facilitate the attainment of Nigeria’s Nationally Determined Contributions of the Paris Agreement through a funding mechanism to support gas flare out of the project in host communities,’’ he added.

While directing the immediate implementation of the framework for the PIA, he urged all relevant stakeholders to comply and reposition for full activation within 12 months.

Buhari further thanked the 9th National Assembly for its demonstration of mutual harmony with the Executive in the passage of the bill.

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