Chris Steven, Abuja
President of the Senate, Senator Bukola Saraki has reiterated the commitment of the Senate towards conclusive passage of the Petroleum Industry Bills, (PIB) through intensive dialogue that would address the bottleneck which made the bill recalcitrant.
Speaking when he played host to the Managing Director, Shell Petroleum Development Company, (SPDC), Osagie Okunbor and his team in his office on Wednesday, Saraki said the Senate would continue to embrace dialogue to fast track the easy passage of the bill.
He pointed out that the PIB remain a priority in the Senate, “we have to engage discussion and dialogue. We can break the jinx which can only be achieved devoid of politics. PIB is a priority in this Senate.”
Senator Saraki said politics and other controversial issues though very important but should be left out of the process for now, “we will break down the bulkiness of the bill and tackle all the grey areas.”
Taking cognizance of the environmental hazard, gas flaring and remuneration to host communities, he said the Senate will collaborate with oil companies and other stakeholders in finding lasting solution to all aggrieved parties.
Senate President assured that on the part of the Senate, “we will continue to come up with legislation that will make our country an investment destination and provide conducive environment for such investment to thrives.”
Reacting, SPDC Managing Director, Okunbor congratulated the Senate President for his successful election while pledging for unflinching support and cooperation from the Senate.
He opined that the survival of petroleum industry depends greatly on the passage of PIB.