…As 200 women graduate from INTELS empowerment programme***
At last, the House of Representatives, yesterday, passed the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill( PIGB), which provides for the governance and institutional framework for the petroleum industry and for other related matters, after third reading.
The 13-year-old-191-page bill (a segment of the entire Bill), seeks to unbundle the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation( NNPC), provides for the establishment of Federal Ministry of Petroleum Incorporated, Nigerian Petroleum Regulatory Commission, Nigerian Petroleum Assets Management Company and National Petroleum Company and Petroleum Equalisation Fund.
Deputy Chairman, Ad-hoc Committee on Petroleum Industry Bills, Victor Nwokolo (PDP, Delta), who led the debate on the report, explained that the regulatory bill will bulkanise NNPC and create National Petroleum Commission which will take over the functions of the Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR.
He explained that some subsidiaries of the NNPC had also been merged into an entity to be known as the Nigeria Petroleum Regulatory Commission.
According to him, the House Committee adopted the Senate’s version of the PIGB.
The Bill is just a fragment of the entire Bill as this aspect is just the regulatory framework.
The bill further provides that “Upon the recommendations of the new commission, the Minister of Petroleum Resources can grant, amend, renew, extend or revoke any licence or lease required for petroleum or production, pursuant to the provisions of the Act or any other enactment.”
The power for issuing and revoking licenses was also domiciled in the commission, as well as allocating petroleum production quotas in a non-discriminatory manner.
The commission is also empowered to advise the Minister on fiscal and other issues pertaining to the petroleum industry, establish framework for the validation and certification of national hydrocarbon reserves, undertake evaluation of national reserves and reservoir management studies as well as conduct regular audits of the activities of operators engaged in petroleum operations and oil service companies in order to ensure compliance with Nigerian laws and requirements for petroleum operations.
In the meantime, the Women Empowerment Programme Scheme Synergy (WEPSS) instituted by oil and gas logistics giant, INTELS Nigeria Limited has produced 200 women graduated for the 2017 session.
According to INTELS, “100 of the women completed the 20-weeks training in June while another 100 completed it in December 2017. The graduates went through intensive training in fashion design and tailoring under the tutelage of world-class professionals.”
The Director of INTELS Nigeria Limited, Mr. Silvano Bellinato, said the company established WEPSS in 2013 as a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative, with the vision of empowering 5,000 community women over a 20-year period through training in fashion design and tailoring.
He said INTELS acquired and made available over 300 sewing and specialized machines and built a 5000-square metres garment manufacturing factory at the Federal Lighter Terminal, Onne for the purpose of the training.
He said some of the women who previously graduated from the programme have become gainfully employed at the Onne Oil and Gas Free Zone as manufacturers of coveralls and personal protective equipment (PPE) for companies in the zone.
He said, “WEPSS is run by a team of highly skilled indigenous manpower. It has so far produced over 50,000 garments within its manufacturing infrastructure. These apparels include shirts, T-shirts, skirts, trousers, jackets, uniforms and coveralls.
“In line with our commitment to the upliftment of our communities’ socio-economic status and backed by its success over the years, WEPSS has evolved into an intensive tailoring training program for the women.”
Citizen with additional report from Vanguard