Translate PIA to tangible benefits to Nigerians, Wike tells lawmakers

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By Philip Yatai

The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mr Nyesom Wike, has urged the House of Representatives to translate the provisions of the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA), 2021 to tangible benefits for Nigerians.

Wike stated this at a two-day retreat, organised by Members of the House of Representatives on Economic Transformation and Development in Abuja on Tuesday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the retreat was organised to ensure effective implementation of the PIA and tax reforms and modernisation.

The minister, who was represented by the FCT Minister of State, Dr Mariya Mahmoud, stressed that the true impact of the Act lied in its effective implementation.

“As representatives of the people, it is incumbent upon us to ensure that the provisions of this Act are translated into tangible benefits for all Nigerians.

“We must work tirelessly to foster an enabling environment for investment, promote local content participation, and uphold the highest standards of governance and accountability in the petroleum industry,” he said.

Wike argued that the Act had opened doors for greater investment, innovation, and job creation opportunities in the country.

He added that the PIA represented a watershed moment in the nation’s history and laid the groundwork for a more transparent, efficient, and competitive petroleum industry.

“Bu we must effectively implement the Act to get its benefits,” he said.

He noted the importance of tax reform and modernisation, adding that the nation’s tax system must evolve to reflect the dynamic nature of the economy and the realities of the 21st century.

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“By simplifying tax procedures, closing loopholes, and incentivising compliance, we can enhance revenue generation, promote investment, and spur economic growth,” the minister said.

Wike commended the Speaker and leadership of the House of Representatives for organising the retreat.

This, according to him, demonstrated the unwavering dedication to serving the people of Nigeria.

“Your role as legislators is pivotal in shaping policies that drive economic growth, foster innovation, and ensure equitable development for all Nigerians.” (NAN)

Edited by Abiemwense Moru

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