The House of Representatives passed the Petroleum Industry(PIB) Bill conference committee report on Friday, voting 3 percent in favour of host cities in oil-producing areas.
Following a tumultuous session on Thursday, the House voted to put the matter on hold.
Members of the Minority caucus, on the other hand, shouted PIB, PIB, PIB as they walked out of the Chamber.
Hon Tahir Mongunu, Chief Whip, submitted the report as a subpart.
Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila noted that the conference report was laid on the PIB in accordance with House norms.
“I need to explain the rationale behind the filing of this report,” he says. I paused the laying of this report yesterday so that we can get to the Senate and see how we can settle the issue.
“However, by the time we arrived in the Senate, they had already reached a conclusion and made a decision. As a result, there was nothing we could do.
“It is up to us to consider the report and decide whether to accept or reject it. This PIB will not follow in the footsteps of others. Our Colleagues are not present, which is disappointing. If there are any changes that need to be made, they will be made in the future.”
Hon Nkiruka, the Deputy Minority Whip, tried frantically but unsuccessfully to get the House to defer consideration of the report.
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