The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) has decries the slow pace of implementation of the Federal Government's Short and Medium Term Priorities to grow Nigeria's Oil and Gas Industry 2015–2019.
CISLAC’s Executive Director, Auwal Musa Rafsanjani, in a statement today recalled that in October 2016, the document was released by the Ministry of Petroleum Resources and launched by the President with fanfare.
"Then we had commended the Federal Government but cautioned to ensure that it does not become another beautiful document that would not be implemented. CISLAC observes that already there are indications of a lag in implementation," Rafsanjani said.
"For instance, under the first Big Win, Policy and Regulation, the section on Fiscal Reform Policy proposes to collaborate with National Assembly to conclude and pass the Petroleum Industry Reform Bill and Petroleum Fiscal Reform Bill by December 2016. We are at the end of the first quarter of 2017 and there still appear to be no clear paths to the passage of any legislation."
According to him what is needed to meet these specific commitments does not require funds and so the absence of a budget for 2017 cannot be an excuse for the non-implementation of the reforms pronounced in the document.
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