FG delaying PIB passage – Reps

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The House of Representatives has said the executive arm of government was delaying the passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB).

The PIB has been in the National Assembly since the era of former president Olusegun Obasanjo and is believed to be stagnating investment in the oil sector.

Addressing journalists at the National Assembly in Abuja yesterday, House spokesman, Rep Abdulrazak Sa’ad Namdas (APC, Adamawa), said they had been waiting in vain for the bill since the commencement of the current assembly last June.

He said Speaker Yakubu Dogara called President Muhammadu Buhari on three occasions on the PIB but the president had not transmitted a new version of the bill to them.

Namdas said it was lack of the passage of the PIB that brought about the restructuring in the NNPC as announced by the Minister of State for Petroleum and Group Managing Director of the corporation, Ibe Kachukwu.

He said the House would never condone such an act as it was against the NNPC Act. Citing Section 10 (1) of the NNPC Act, Namdas said: “there shall be a petroleum inspectorate unit, which is not even part of the seven newly created units created by the corporation.”

On the taking over of the functions of the Kogi State House of Assembly by the House, Namdas said the House had since communicated to the Senate for concurrence before the action would take effect based on provisions of Section 11 (4) of the constitution.

In the case of the alleged invasion of the Ekiti State House of Assembly by the DSS, the lawmaker said the House had since communicated to the DSS Director General Lawal Daura to appear before a panel of the House to explain the reason behind it.

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