OrderPaperToday – President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has promised that the 9th National Assembly will commence work on the Petroleum Industry Bill when it constitutes the standing committees.

He equally assured a quickened passage of the bill.

Lawan made this known when he received the Chief Executive Officer of the ExxonMobil Group of Companies, Mr. Pul McGrath who led the team of Executives from the company on a courtesy visit on Thursday.

He said: “We came closer in the 8th Assembly, we disagregated the bill; we did better than previous assemblies unfortunately, we ran out of time. We have vibrant team now, I promise Nigerians, we will start as soon as we inaugurate our committee and they will start the work on the PIB.

“This time around, we will work with every stakeholder in the industry. Whatsoever it will take to make this bill beneficial to Nigerians and the players, we will not hesitate.

“We demand your collaboration, we will work together in the interest of the country and everyone.”

The President of the red chamber also urged the multinational companies who operate in the Niger Delta region to prioritise efforts on their corporate social responsibility.

He said: “Corporate Social Responsibility is one areas that require our attention. The host community that produce this oil must be taken care of. The goose that lay golden eggs must be protected.”

Earlier, the CEO, ExxonMobil, Mr. Paul McGrath, promised to collaborate with the 9th assembly, adding “we look forward to closer working relationship with the ninth National Assembly and in particularly the Senate. We will support the reform in the industry and our commitment is intact.”

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