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Buhari signs controversial PIB 2021 into law

President Muhammadu Buhari has signed the Petroleum Industry Bill into Law despite controversies surrounding some contents of the bill.

Special Adviser to the president on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina disclosed this in a statement today, noting that the president assented to the the bill in his determination to fulfil his constitutional duty.

The statement reads, “Working from home in five days quarantine as required by the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 after returning from London on Friday August 13, the President assented to the Bill Monday August 16, in his determination to fulfill his constitutional duty.

President Muhammadu Buhari

The ceremonial part of the new legislation will be done on Wednesday, after the days of mandatory isolation would have been fulfilled.

The Petroleum Industry Act provides legal, governance, regulatory and fiscal framework for the Nigerian petroleum industry, the development of host communities, and related matters.

The Senate had passed the Bill on July 15, 2021, while the House of Representatives did same on July 16, thus ending a long wait since early 2000s, and notching another high for the Buhari administration.

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