Buhari Restates Commitment To Reform Oil Sector


President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed his commitment to reform the oil and gas sector, pointing out that effectively reforming the petroleum industry must be meticulous and designed to meet the yearnings and aspirations of the citizenry.
Buhari stated this at the Presidential Villa when he received the newly-inaugurated national executive committee members of the Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) led by its National President, William Akeoraha.
The president said he was in agreement with the view that reforming the petroleum industry would unlock numerous untapped potentials for the country, but stressed that the reforms must be well thought out and must have the best interest of Nigeria and Nigerians as its core objective.
According to him, “Such reforms cannot and must not be rushed if we must get it right. We are still suffering from the effects of many legacy policies that were rushed and passed without fully appreciating the consequences the provisions embedded in them.”
He added that “whatever decision we take now will impact either negatively or positively on generations to come.
“The Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) was conceived to ensure Nigeria’s future generations are positively impacted by its oil wealth, and that it was never about short term gains.”
Buhari assured them that dialogue on the PIB was still ongoing and that at the end, the country would have a bill that the people would be proud of.
“On refineries, the public private partnership (PPP) approach we adopted to rehabilitate our existing refineries has taken longer than expected. However, I am aware that the NNPC has concluded the process for selecting the private sector partners that will rehabilitate the refineries. I am informed that they are working out finances and hopefully, work will commence soon,” he said.
He expressed his commitment to continue to support innovative ideas that would bring new investments in refineries into the country, and called for suggestions from NUPENG members on how to move forward.
“As one of the architects of the Nigeria Content Monitoring and Development Act, I am sure NUPENG members appreciate that a key principle of this act is the indigenisation of certain processes and production functions,” he said.