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FG disclaims PIB in circulation

The Federal Government has expressed concern over the circulation of a document alleged to be the new Petroleum Industry Bill.

In a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media & Publicity Dr Reuben Abati, the government disowned the document, which it noted had even been published on some websites. 

Dr Abati explained that following the consideration and approval of its contents by the Federal Executive Council at its meeting last week, the authentic new Petroleum Industry Bill is still being finalized by relevant government departments to be forwarded to the National Assembly by President Goodluck Jonathan.

He said upon its delivery to the National Assembly under the official Seal of the President, the authentic new Petroleum Industry Bill will be made available to all interested parties.

The Presidency advised the general public and all stakeholders in Nigeria’s oil and gas industry to ignore the document currently in circulation as it is totally fake and lacking in authenticity.