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Nigeria: Few friends for reform bill

THE GOVERNMENT's flagship Petroleum Industry Bill, which reached the public hearing stage of its journey through the National Assembly in late July, seems to have upset almost all the organisations likely to be affected by its reforms. Oil companies, the governments of the oil-producing states, factions within state-owned Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), revenue-transparency activists and even tribal representatives have heaped criticism on the measure. The minister of petroleum resources, Rilwanu Lukman, was forced to backtrack at the hearing, saying the Bill – with 495 sections – was only a proposal and that he was ready to listen to alternative suggestions. But he rejected

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