Group Managing Director of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mele Kyari, has said the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA) just assented to by President Muhammadu Buhari will transform the nation’s petroleum industry into a hub of business opportunities.

Kyari also said the Act will attract huge capital globally into the country’s oil sector, strengthen cost recovery and ensure decent returns on investment.

He spoke as guest of honour at a Fireside chat organized by Persecondnews in Houston, Texas, on Thursday.

Kyari, who has been in the forefront of transforming the oil and gas industry and contributed significantly to the new structure, said it would promote good governance in the oil and gas sector in line with international best practices.

Buhari had on August 16, 2021 assented to the PIB after it was stuck in the National Assembly for more than a decade.

“The passage of the PIB will also attract capital, strengthen cost recovery and ensure decent returns on investment,” Kyari told the audience.

On the transformational impact the new law will have on the nation’s oil and gas industry, Kyari said: “It will help us to have a very transparent, clearly competitive physical framework, where you get to see opportunities on where you can put your money and also get back your money with some benefits.

“It will also refocus gas development in our country,” he sqid, adding, “What happened in the last few days is simply a transformation of activities and transformation of the environment for doing business, making our country very competitive.”

Since he came on board in 2019 as NNPC helmsman, Kyari, has focused on ensuring the passage of the PIB, which he described as a “game-changer for Nigeria’s oil and gas industry.”

According to him, getting the petroleum legislation passed is the right thing to do because investors will not invest their money if they are not sure of how they are going to get their investment back, and what benefits they can get from their investment, as well as how stable the investment climate is.

“We are aware that the whole world is becoming a petroleum territory and no country will survive except you have a very competitive physical environment,” he said..

Speaking further, the NNPC boss said, “For our investors, what this means is that there is clarity of our physical environment, there is also a very robust commercial framework, there is also a competitive physical framework.

“So the combination of these three to new investors and existing investors is that they can now take opportunity of the industry. Friendly business environment will guarantee cost recovery and a decent return on investment for investors.

“The combination of these is that NNPC will be the house of opportunities, expand our partnerships, and it will be a very big opportunity for new investors and the country. I think this is a very exciting moment for us as a country.”

Speaking on changes in the corporation’s assets after the PIA with regards to the incorporation of NNPC as a company under the Company Allied Matters Act (CAMA), the NNPC boss reiterated that all assets and liabilities of the NNPC will be transferred to the new company.

Top dignitaries present at Persecondnews Fireside chat include a former Senator and board member of NNPC, Senator Magnus Abe; Board member of NNPC, Mrs Lami Ahmed; GED Upstream and leader of the NNPC delegation to the OTC, Mr. Adokiye Tombomieye; GED Downstream, Engr. Adeyemi Adetunji, and former board member of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Senator Binta Garba.

Others are, International consultant and Board member NNPC, Dr. Stephen Dike; GED Ventures & Business Development, Sir, Billy Okoye; MD Refinery, Mr. Ahmed Dikko; GGM GPAD, Dr. Kennie Obateru; Mrs Uzoma Emelife; Business- Auditor to GMD, Mr. Ibrahim Mohammed; Executive Director, Sahara Group, Tope Shonubi, and the Chairman Seplat, Dr. Bryant Orjiako.

Also present were, Hon. Miriam Onuoha; Vice President, Nov Inc, Mr Jide Agunbiade, Hon. Henry Nwawuba representing Imo State; representative of American Petroleum Institute (API), Jones Miller, and President of Corporate Council on Africa (CCA), Florizelle Liser, Mr Abdullahi Bomai, GGM Frontier Exploration Services, Mr Musa Lawan, MD PPMC, Mr Mansur Sambo, MD NPSC, Mr Siky Aliyu, fmr MD NETCO, Dr Mazadu Bako, fmr GGM, FES NNPC

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