31 August 2016, Sweetcrude, Lagos — The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, IPMAN has appealed to the National Assembly to accelerate the passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill, PIB which has stalled in there for nine years
IPMAN’s Chairman, Board of Trustees, Alhaji Abdulkadri Aminu who made the appeal in an interview with newsmen in Lagos said that the appeal became necessary considering the benefits of the PIB to Nigerians, workers in the petroleum sector and nation’s ongoing economic reforms.
In addition to expedite passage of the petroleum bill, Aminu also urged members of the 8th National Assembly to make public the progress made so far.
On behalf of the association, he said: “We are appealing to whoever is concerned about the passage of the bill to use this opportunity to assure Nigerians and make public the progress that has been made regarding the passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill.
“The National Assembly and other concerned authorities should be committed to passing the Petroleum Industry Bill because IPMAN believes that it is going to bring major reforms in the industry. We are hoping that very shortly the committee saddled with the deliberation on the bill will bring forth the report of the bill and give it an accelerated hearing.
“This will make Nigerians and those who are in the industry to begin to have the benefits of the reforms intended by this bill.”
Alhaji Aminu used the opportunity to urge his members to ensure steady supply of petroleum products to Nigerians in their various stations noting that the national economy depended on the downstream sector for sustainable growth.