Legislative squabbles delaying quick passage of PIB – Kachikwu

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The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu has confirmed reports that there were bits of internal disputes between the Senate and House of Representatives over the passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), ThisDay reports.

Kachikwu, who spoke to select journalists at the just concluded 2017 edition of the annual Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston Texas, United States, noted that the House had insisted on undertaking its own legislative exercise on the PIB despite the Senate’s request that it (House) adopts what it (Senate) had done at its committee stages with the bill to save time and perhaps financial expenses on repeating the same process but this had not gone down well with the House.

He however added; “The Senate has gone very far, and one of the things I have done is that I have held a meeting with the leadership of the House to try to get them to start their process to catch up with the Senate and they can adopt what the Senate has and look at it rather than begin a fresh process, and I think we are almost aligned on that and they are likely going to adopt what the Senate has and then the joint committee can come up maybe in July.”