Buhari proposes Administrative Structure Amendments to PIA 2021

President Muhammadu Buhari has written the National Assembly on proposed Administrative Structure Amendments the Petroleum Act (PIA) 2021.

Mr Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser the President on Media and Publicity, this known in a statement on Tuesday, in Abuja.

In the letter President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, the president said:

“Having carefully reviewed the administrative structure of both the Commission and the Authority, I would like propose the following amendments:

A. Appointment of Non-Executive Board Members

B. Removal of the Ministries of Petroleum and Finance from the Board of the two institutions

C. Appointment of Executive Directors.’’

Adesina stated that Under A, President Buhari observed that 2021 provided for the appointment of two non-executive members for the board of the two regulatory institutions.

According him, the president is of the view that the membership limitation has not addressed the principle of balanced geopolitical representation of the country.

“I, therefore, pray for the of the 9th Assembly correct this oversight in the interest of our national unity,” he added.

Buhari noted that the amendment, when approved, would increase the number of the non-executive members from two six: one person from each of the geopolitical zones of the country.

He also opined that under B, the proposed amendment would increase the membership of the Board from nine 13, “and strengthen the institutions and guarantee national spread, and also achieve the expected policy contributions.’’

According him, the Ministries of Petroleum and Finance already have supervision or inter-governmental relations, and can continue perform such roles without being in the Board.

On C, which is appointment of Executive Directors, Buhari noted the need exempt serving public from the established confirmation process for political appointments.

He added that it would effective management of the regulatory institutions through uniform implementation of public service rules for employees of the Authority.

The president stressed that “the proposed amendments the 2021 is strictly about the structure, aimed at ensuring smooth take-off and consequent growth of the two institutions.’’ (NAN)