Senate tackles Kachikwu over comments on PIB passage by NASS

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The Senate, yesterday, warned Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, to stop making what it described as false claims on the on-going process of passing into law, the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), The Sun reports.

In a statement by its spokesman, Abdullahi Sabi, the Senate said the PIB, which has gotten to the final stage and is scheduled to be passed before the second anniversary of the Eighth Senate, is a Private Member Bill which did not emanate from the Executive. Kachikwu had reportedly said in the United States of America that the Senate and the House of Representatives were at war over the contents of the new PIB. He also allegedly claimed that the disagreement led to the non-passage of the bill.

But, the Senate, dismissed any allegation of in-fighting on the bill. The statement said that the present National Assembly started work on the bill after it waited for so many months without anything coming from the Executive branch. It added that it is not unusual for there to be differences in the contents of a bill on the same issue being worked on by the two chambers of the National Assembly and that a harmonisation process, by the Conference Committees of both chambers would reconcile any differences in the two versions of the bill.