In a bid to reform the petroleum sector, the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has urged the National Assembly to pass the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB).
The Association after a peaceful rally held yesterday in Abuja also supported the on-going forensic audit of the operations of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
The group called for just and objective audit of the petroleum sector considering the critical role petroleum plays in the nation’s economic and social well-being.
Armed with placards some of which read: “NANS Support Petroleum Sector Reform”; “Oil Sector Reform in Line”; “We must be fair to Petroleum Minister”’; the students marched from Eagles Square to the National Assembly, where a position paper was handed over for onward transmission to the legislators.
The march also took them to gate of the Presidential Villa and the main gate of the NNPC headquarters.
Speaking at the rally, NANS’ National Senate President, Maxwell Soye said the association was worried by the uncertainty created in the polity with the allegedly missing proceeds from crude oil production and its possible impact on the Nigerian economy.
Soye alleged that various political cynics of the government had latched on the development to create hostilities within the country.
He urged Nigerians to wait for the outcome of the various probes of the sector by the National Assembly before drawing conclusions on the matter.