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Minister highlights why Petroleum Industry Bill needs to be passed by mid-2020

Timipre Sylva has disclosed that a new Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) would be sent to the National Assembly next week.

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The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva has disclosed that a new Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) would be sent to the National Assembly next week in order to pass it into law by mid-2020.
According to Sylva, the non-passage of the bill has been a challenge as it has hampered and delayed investments coming into the oil sector. He emphasized that the lack of a bill brings a lot of uncertainty to the investment climate, therefore, its passing is essential to attract the much-needed funding to Nigeria’s oil sector.

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Why this matters: Over the years, there have been various reviews of the bill under different administrations, however, it has never been signed into law. This has affected the oil sector and in turn the country negatively.

When the bill is finally signed into law, it would help in pushing oil companies and investors to invest in Nigeria’s oil sector, thereby stimulating growth and increasing government revenues.

More details: Reuters reported that the most recent version of the bill was sent during President Muhammadu Buhari’s first term. However, there were disagreements between the lawmakers and the executive which led to its rejection.

[READ MORE: Revenue from petroleum resources not enough for Nigeria – Buhari)

Nevertheless, Sylva said the review had reached an advanced stage and was on it’s way to being adopted. Speaking further, he said although the ministry and the National Assembly were on the same page, he hoped international oil majors were also on board.

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What you should know: The Petroleum Bill is one of the oldest bills in the Nigerian Legislature. It seeks to promote best practices in the management of the extraction of Nigeria’s oil and it was first introduced in 2008 by the then President Umaru Yaradua.

It is also intended to deregulate and liberalise the downstream petroleum sector, create efficient and effective regulatory agencies and promote transparency and openness in the administration of the petroleum resources in Nigeria.

Chidinma holds a degree in Mass communication from Caleb University Lagos and a Masters in view in Public Relations. She strongly believes in self development which has made her volunteer with an NGO on girl child development. She loves writing, reading and travelling. You may contact her via - [email protected]

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#DigitalSkillsTraining: FG announces conclusion of selection process

Only successful applicants that are contacted by the Ministry are to report at the training venue.

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The Federal Government through the Ministry of Youth and Sports disclosed that the selection process for the upcoming Digital Skills Training has been concluded for the #DigitalSkillsTraining from April 11th to 30th, 2021.

This was disclosed in a statement by the Ministry of Youth and Sport on Sunday evening.

“The Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development wishes to inform the general public and all Nigerian Youths that the selection process has been concluded for successful applicants for the #DigitalSkillsTraining scheduled for April 11 to 30, 2021,” the statement said.

The Ministry added that only successful applicants that were contacted by the Ministry are to report at the training venue. Those who were not successful but arrive at the training would not be admitted.

Upcoming #DigitalSkillsTraining Programmes of the Ministry will be widely publicized on youthandsport.gov.ng , on : noya.ng and on the Ministry’s social media handles,” the statement added.

What you should know 

Recall that Nairametrics reported in November 2020, that the Ministry of Youths and Sports Development announced it will scale up its digital skills training to cover 500,000 youths across the country after securing funding under the COVID-19 stimulus budget.

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Cost of building materials rise by over 60% in one year

The price of building materials in the market experienced a rise of over 60% in the last one year.

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The cost of Cement, Steel, Tiles and Plaster of Paris (PoP) cement, among others have risen by over 60% between March 2020 and March 2021.

For instance, the cost of steel, which was sold at N234,000 per tonne as of March 2020, had increased to N380,000 at the end of March 2021. This represents a 62% increase within the period under review.

While Dangote Cement increased from N2,600 to N3,800 (though it is sold at N3,600 in some areas in Lagos), Lafarge Cement and BUA Cement increased from N2,400 and N2,250 to N3,600 and N3,250 respectively within the same period.

The price hikes are not limited to the cost of steel and cement alone but also to other materials like Tiles, PoP cement, and roofing sheets.

The cost of super white cement increased from N2,500 (25kg) to N3,700, and the cost of high-quality white cement (40kg) also increased from N4,000 to N6,500.

The cost of gravel increased from N80,000 to N140,000; that of 8mm diameter and 25mm diameter (imported) increased from N234,000 and N245,000 to N330,000 and N380,000 respectively.

Doors are not left out in the hike. Costs of Flush door (high quality), Panel door and Turkish steel door (1,500 x 2,100) also rose from N35,000, N40,000, N165,000 to N60,000, N75,000 and N235,000 respectively.

Why the hike?

Industry experts have attributed the hike to persistent depreciation of the naira and the rising cost of other building materials.

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Tunde Oluwole, a fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Builders, explained that the development was caused by high interest rate, inflation, increasing exchange rate and scarcity of forex in the country.

He said, “The increasing prices in Nigeria is a result of the combined effects of high-interest rates, devaluation of the naira, inflation, and non-effective distribution network of the materials.”

To Kolawole Adebisi, an Estate Developer, the development in the cement industry is caused by the ban of imported cement in the country.

He told Nairametrics that he is not against the ban, as the government’s intention is to boost local production of cement but explained that “the local manufacturers were unable to produce enough cement to meet the demand and this contributed to the rising cost of the product.”

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