#TNGPIBCONFAB: TNG, AIT partner to proffer solutions to delay in PIB passage

TheNewsGuru.com, (TNG), Nigeria and Africa’s leading online news platform and Africa Independent Television (AIT) have joined hands in partnership to hold a one-day colloquium on the fate of the Petroleum Industry Bill (Register here).

Entitled, ‘PIB: finally getting it right and breaking the 20-year hiatus’, the event which is to hold on March 10, 2021, (Time: 11 am-2 pm) is a virtual experience designed to find solutions to the intractable problem of enacting a new, mutually beneficial petroleum industry law in Nigeria.

According to TNG publisher, Mideno Bayagbon who is the Chief Host of the event, the focus of the summit is to end the seemingly intractable problem of enacting a new, mutually beneficial petroleum industry law which will transform the industry and put in place firm roadmaps for the federal government, industry operators and the communities and states of the Niger Delta.”

He added: “TNG, as a critical voice in the petroleum industry sector and in the Niger Delta, recognizing the new spirited attempt by the 9th Assembly to break the jinx and pass the bill, has decided to bring together all the critical stakeholders and authorities in the federal government, National Assembly, petroleum industry, governors of the Niger Delta states and host communities to chart a supportive pathway to enable the National Assembly finally pass the bill for the President’s assent.”

The virtual event which will be streamed on Africa Independent Television (AIT), Zoom and Youtube is structured into two segments with former Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan and Former Senate President/ex-Secretary to Government of the Federation, SGF, Chief Pius Anyim standing as chairmen of the respective sessions.

The Deputy Senate President, Sen. Ovie Omo-Agege and the former governor of Edo State, Prof. Oserhiemen Osunbor are expected to deliver the keynote address at on the following topics: Analysis of PIB’s legal framework and its governance, how it will affect the communities and the administrative effects of PIB if eventually passed into law.

The summit’s goodwill message is expected to be delivered by the Hon. Minister of State, Petroleum Resources and ex-governor, Bayelsa state, HE, Chief Timipre Sylva and the live conference will be moderated by Chairman of TNG’s advisory board, Dr. Chidi Amuta.

Eminent Nigerians in the array of key discussants at the summit include High Chief Aleogho Raymond Dokpesi; Transportation Minister/former governor of Rivers State, HE, Rotimi Amaechi; Hon Minister of State, Labour and Productivity, Chief Festus Keyamo, SAN; former Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan; immediate past director-general of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr Dakuku Peterside; Group Managing Director (GMD) of NNPC, Mallam Mele Kolo Kyari.

Others are Distinguished Senator Magnus Abe; the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Lagos, (UNILAG) Professor Ben Oghojafor; Prof. Godini G Darah of Delta State University; Member of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Kingsley Chinda; Managing Director, AriseTv, Ms. Ijeoma Nwogwugwu; Prof Hope Eghagha, and former NDDC MD, Ibim Semenitari and Editor-in-Chief of The Guardian, Mr Martins Oloja amongst others.

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