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Nigeria senate ready to pass Gas Flaring Prohibition Bill

The Bill, which is currently in its third reading, is set to be passed by December.


Nigeria’s Gas Flaring Prohibition Bill will likely be passed by the end of the year.

This is according to Senator Bassey Albert, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Gas, who last week said that the the Bill would be given accelerated attention.

Once passed, the Bill will eliminate gas flaring and measures will be put in place against offenders by increasing the penal fees paid by companies.

Nigeria’s National Assembly supports the 2020 final elimination of gas flaring, and with this, Senator Albert expressed the need for the country to be pragmatic on the new date.

During his senate address, he also expressed discontent over how gas resources are treated as bi-products, adding that Nigeria needs to start seeing gas an economic enabler.

Director of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Alhaji Ahmed Shakur said: “I commend the Senate for its robust contribution and eventual submission of the Petroleum Industry Bill to President Muhammadu Buhari.”

He added that the DPR has embarked on an aggressive campaign for the elimination of gas flaring in Nigeria by 2020.