Demons of PIB will be defeated in 2021 – Lawan

The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, declared Tuesday in Abuja that the demons frustrating the passage and presidential assent to the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) within the last 14 years would be defeated this year by the 9th National Assembly.

Lawan, who made the declaration while speaking to journalists on his 62 birthday celebration, said the patriotic zeal used by the National Assembly in October 2019 to pass the amendment bill on deep offshore oil production sharing contracts, will be deployed for expeditious consideration and passage of the PIB already before it, latest by the end of first quarter of this year.

“PIB is like a demon. People both within and outside the country, are ready to work against it as they have been doing for the past fourteen years but the 9th Senate and by extension, 9th National Assembly, will defeat the demon with the current bill before both chambers.

“The patriotic zeal , sheer determination and unity of purpose by all serving senators across party lines to do this latest by the end of first quarter of this year, will be deployed on the bill immediately the Senate resumes on 26th of this month the way it did with Deep Offshore Oil Production Sharing Contracts,” he said.

The Deep Offshore Oil Production Sharing Contracts Act, facilitated by the National Assembly in 2019, he disclosed, has increased remittances from the sharing contracts into the Federation Account from $216 million to $2 billion on a yearly basis.

According to him, “For 20 years, foreign forces and local collaborators frustrated efforts to amend the Deep Offshore Oil Production Contract Act but got defeated in October 2019 with passage of amendment to the Act by both chambers of the 9th National Assembly with attendant financial and economic gains for the country.

“Those against the move in 2019 even threatened to leave the country but the 9th National Assembly stood its ground in getting the previously fraudulent Act amended with passage of the bill which was assented to, by President Muhamnadu Buhari on a Sunday in London,” he explained.