PIA: Attribute Statements Appropriately – Reps Member tells Media, others

Media outlets and members of the public have been advised to always ensure they attributed statements to the appropriate individuals and entities

This is contained in a disclaimer posted on the official Facebook handle of the House of Representatives, dated April 3, 2024, and signed by the House Spokesman / Chairman, House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Akin Rotimi, Jr.

The statement clarified statements regarding the Petroleum Industry Act circulating in various media outlets, especially the statements attributed to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Tajudeen Abbas, PhD.

Hon. Rotimi said the statements in question purportedly emanated from Hon. Cyril Hart, who represented the Speaker at the 2024 Society of Petroleum Engineers Oloibiri Lecture Series and Energy Forum (SPEOLEF) convened in Abuja, saying that it had become necessary to provide comprehensive clarification and context regarding the matters, in order to uphold transparency and accuracy.

While acknowledging that Hon. Hart delivered remarks at the said forum, the law maker said Hon. Hart’s expressions were conveyed as his personal opinions and viewpoints, stressing that the views articulated by Hon. Hart did not reflect the official stance of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, nor do they constitute the collective perspective of the House as an institution.

He noted that the House of Representatives operated as a diverse body with members holding a broad spectrum of opinions and viewpoints on various matters of national interest, hence any form of misrepresentation or misinterpretation could undermine the integrity of public discourse and democratic processes.

“In light of recent discussions at the SPEOLEF regarding Nigeria’s oil and gas sector, as well as the implications of the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA), we acknowledge the concerns raised by some stakeholders. However, it is imperative to address and refute assertions suggesting a lack of confidence in the PIA.

“The Petroleum Industry Act (PIA) represents a milestone achievement in the reform of Nigeria’s oil and gas sector, aimed at enhancing transparency, accountability, and efficiency in the management of our nation’s valuable natural resources.

” It is the result of extensive deliberations, consultations, and collaboration among stakeholders across various sectors, including government, industry players, civil society organizations, and the public” he added.

According to him, contrary to claims of widespread skepticism, the PIA had garnered significant support from reputable industry experts, international partners, and investors who recognize its potential to unlock opportunities for sustainable development and growth in Nigeria’s energy sector.

He said the Act provided a framework for addressing longstanding challenges, such as regulatory inefficiencies, revenue management, and community engagement, thereby fostering a conducive environment for investment and innovation.

The law maker acknowledged that concerns may exist regarding certain provisions or implementation mechanisms of the PIA, adding however, that it is essential to approach the issues through constructive dialogue and engagement, rather than resorting to blanket assertions.

He reiterated the commitment of the House of Representatives to overseeing the effective implementation of the PIA, and making amendments as necessary, ensuring that the interests of all stakeholders are safeguarded and that the objectives of the Act are realised for the benefit of the Nigerian people.

” For further inquiries, clarifications, or requests for official statements from the House of Representatives, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of the House Spokesman / Chairman, House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, he added.

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