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Nigeria: New talks on petroleum reform

THE GOVERNMENT's controversial Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), which had been due to become law early this year, is set to be reworked following criticism from the producing companies

Although the new petroleum minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke, has asserted her commitment to the reforms, enactment of the PIB before presidential elections next April is now looking increasingly uncertain. With the death of the president, Umaru Yar'Adua, in May – after months of illness when the country was run by acting-president Goodluck Jonathan, who is now president – and the dismissal by Jonathan of Yar'Adua's oil adviser, Rilwanu Lukman, in March, the PIB has lost its two most powerful supporters. Jonathan also dismissed the managing director of state-owned Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mohammed Barkindo – an ally of Lukman – and replaced him with a relatively inexpe

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