The Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIGB) passed recently by the Senate yesterday suffered a major setback on the floor of the House of Representatives as members at plenary unanimously agreed to defer the consideration of the three related bills till next Tuesday, Vanguard reports.
This development was sequel to the observation made by Femi Gbajabiamila, Majority Leader, who urged the House to defer the consideration till next Tuesday, considering the importance of the bills. The majority leader had insisted that there was need for members to digest the contents of the legislative frameworks, as recognised by the presiding officer and speaker, Yakubu Dogara, sequel to the absence of Pally Iriase, sponsor of the bill co-sponsored by 14 other lawmakers.
Minority Leader of the House, Leo Ogor (PDP, Delta) said: “There’s no cause for alarm. At the end of the day, we shall consolidate all the bills and put them in the right perspective for a better governance of the oil industry. “The one passed by the Senate will be treated on its merit and we’ll go ahead and treat those bills relating to the same PIB and give them the attention they deserve.’’