Reps begin PIB debate tomorrow

The House of Representatives is billed to commence second reading of the controversial Petroleum Sector Reform Bill popularly known as (PIB).

Last week, Speaker Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, directed that members who intended to speak on the propose legislation, should submit their names to the leadership ahead of the commencement of the debate tomorrow

On Wednesday, the House consolidated a bill seeking to establish an oil exploration agency with the PIB.

Sponsored by Rep Kaka Kyari Gujbawu (PDP, Borno), the propose legislation had sought to create the National New Frontier Exploration Agency for the purpose of exploration and production of oil and gas in the Chad basin, Dahomey Basin, Imo Basin, Benue Trough, Bauchi Basin and Sokoto Basin with the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB).

The House had on September 25 halted second reading on the bill.  Tambuwal directed that it be stood down pending the presentation of the PIB for second reading.

House Leader Rep.  Mulikat Adeola-Akande, who was supposed to lead debate on its general principles and merit, had informed her colleagues that she was yet to receive adequate briefings from Petroleum Minister Diezani Alison-Madueke on the it.

President Goodluck Jonathan had forwarded the new revised version of the PIB on July 19th which incidentally proposed the functions of oil exploration agency to be under the National Petroleum Bureau.

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Reps begin PIB debate tomorrow