The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mr. Mele Kyari, has called on the National Assembly to fast track the process of passing the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) saying international investors are losing interest in Nigeria over fiscal instability.
Speaking while playing host to members of the House of Representatives Committee on Petroleum Resources (Upstream) who were on an oversight visit to the Corporation, Kyari said, “the absence of a stable fiscal environment is inhibiting the growth of the Nigerian petroleum industry, especially the upstream sector.”
He said international investors were fast losing confidence in the nation’s oil and gas industry and tasked the lawmakers to act fast and arrest the situation.
“We need to act quickly to move from this unstable situation to a very stable one and the only way is for us to get the PIB to work so that countries and investors can work with us,” Kyari stated.
He said foreign capital was needed in the upstream sector, explaining that the only way to attract it was to have stable laws and a friendly business environment that could guarantee cost recovery and a decent return on investment for investors.
The NNPC GMD disclosed that the uncertainty in the sector created by the long delay in the passage of the PIB has led to a number of divestments from the country in the recent past.
He added that the drive by the NNPC management to entrench the culture of transparency in the Corporation has improved its business fortunes and creditworthiness as lenders are now willing to grant credit to it.
Remarking, the Chairman of the Committee, Hon. Musa Sarki Adar, expressed the readiness of his committee to provide the necessary support for the Corporation to discharge its duties without hindrance.
Acknowledging the Corporation’s efforts at deepening transparency and accountability, he said the Committee was impressed with the level of professionalism exhibited by the NNPC management and the leadership role played by the GMD in rallying the oil and gas industry to provide support for the Federal Government’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.