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CSO tasks n’assembly, Buhari to ‘immediately’ do the needful on PIGB

Publish What You Pay (PWYP), a civil society organisation (CSO), says the national assembly and President Muhammadu Buhari should immediately do the needful on the petroleum industry governance bill (PIGB).

Speaking with journalists on Monday, Peter Egbule, national coordinator of PWYP, said all four parts of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) would significantly reduce financial leakages, encourage foreign and domestic investments in the country’s economy.

“Let us ask the national assembly. Where is the PIGB,” he said.

“We recognize and appreciate the various innovative efforts made so far by the present administration, as well as the valuable time dedicated on the bills by the national assembly towards accomplishing the passage of these bills. We commend these efforts and appeal to them not to relent.

“Although we hope and expect that the president will assent to the PIGB and the other bills whenever they are transmitted to him, we also recognize that it is his right to refuse assent.

“If the latter happens, it will be disappointing to well-meaning Nigerians, resulting in another round of legislative reconsiderations, political intrigues, delays, and public frustrations.

“We appeal to the national assembly to immediately refocus on the passage of the bills, and intentionally dedicate substantial time for the legislative processes required for the passage of the bills, before they become engrossed in the obviously heightening political activities towards the 2019 general elections.

“In anticipation of the transmission of the bills to the president, we entreat him to act in line with his incessantly proclaimed stance on corruption and expedite action on his assent to these bills.”

He said the current government has an opportunity of writing its name in the annals of achievements by passing and signing these bills into laws.

“We hereby beseech both the national assembly and the presidency to carry out their respective actions without further delays in the interest of the dwindling economy and the lives being affected by the minute.”

Ita Enang, the aide to the president on national assembly (senate), did not respond to a call and text message sent to him.

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