Nigeria’s Minister of State for Petroleum Resource, Timipre Sylva, has said that two regulatory bodies in the oil and gas sector, Petroleum Equalisation Fund   (PEF) and the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRS) are merging as one regulator in the new Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB).

The two agencies would be merged under the name: “The Authority” as regulator in the industry.

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Sylva said the agencies would still be relevant to serve as regulators in the industry, noting that without PPPRA and PEF, it would be difficult to deal with profiteers.

“PEF and PPPRA will emerge as one under a name, The Authority’ and will be helping to police the pump price of petrol so that nobody will profiteer,’’ he said.

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The News Agency of Nigeria reports that while PEF deals equalisation of petroleum products to ensure price uniformity, PPPRA deals with petroleum products pricing and monitoring of compliance.

By Chibisi Ohakah, Abuja

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