Stakeholders in Nigeria’s Petroleum industry will gather in Abuja next Monday to discuss the Petroleum Industry Bill which passed through first in the Senate on Tuesday 13th January 2009. The second reading has not yet been scheduled.
The stakeholder’s roundtable, being organised by the Africa Network for Environment and Economic Justice (ANEEJ), http://www.aneej.org a Nigerian Non Governmental Organisation with the support of the Canadian High Commission, will explore the merits of the proposed legislation and the effect of the Oil and Gas Sector Reforms Implementation Committee (OGIC) Final Report.
“Drawing on expertise from all sectors the roundtable will facilitate a balanced and objective discourse, leading to a report and recommendations that will be put forward to strengthen the provisions of the Bill”
“The report will be presented to the relevant National Assembly Committees, the Honourable Members, the Executive and the Minister of Petroleum Resources, and will be published and disseminated widely,” said ANEEJ in a statement.
Speakers at the event include Group Managing Director of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Alhaji Muhammed Barkindo, Secretary of NNPC Professor Yinka Omorogbe, Chairman of the Lagos Business School Professor Pat Utomi, and the Chargé d’Affaires Embassy of Switzerland His Excellency Fabio Baiardi.
Others are the Managing Director Shell Petroleum Development Company Nigeria, Mr. Basil Omiyi, Chairman Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI), Professor Humphrey Assisi, and the High Commissioner of Canada to Nigeria, Ms. Caroline Chretien.