Sunday, January 17, 2021

PIB and Electoral Act amendment bills scale second reading in House of Reps



The much-expected Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) and the Electoral Act Amendment Bill have scaled second reading in the House of Representatives.

Both important pieces of legislation were passed by the lawmakers after they were read for the second time during plenary at the lower chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja.

Leader of the House, Alhassan Doguwa, noted that the PIB has been a very important piece of legislation that has been in the works since the Fifth Assembly.

He was however hopeful that the 9th Assembly would be able to make the history that has eluded the Nigerian people.

Doguwa praised the vision of the Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila and the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan who engaged the Presidency to ensure it succeeded this time.

In his contribution, the Chairman of the House Committee on Petroleum (Upstream), Musa Adar, stated that the PIB came at a time when Nigeria cannot afford to lose scarce resources, especially as a direct fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He believes with the discovery of oil in different African countries, Nigeria needs to develop an oil sector that will ensure maximum profitability which will create wealth for the nation and its people.