PIGB now on President’s table for assent – Reps

Members of the House of Representatives at plenary

Members of the House of Representatives on Friday said all issues raised in the recently passed Petroleum Industry Governance Bill had been addressed and stated that the bill was now on the table of President Muhammadu Buhari and awaiting his assent .
Speaking on the sidelines of the 9 th District Conference organised by Rotary District 9125 in Abuja , the National Assembly members also stated that the remaining parts of the Petroleum Industry Bill that deal with the sector ’s fiscal , administrative and host communities issues would be passed before the end of the tenure of the current legislature .

The Senate had on March 28 , 2018 passed the harmonised version of the PIGB before it was forwarded to the President for his assent .
But on June 1 , 2018, The PUNCH reported that the bill had suffered a setback two months after it was passed , as the Senate referred the PIGB back to the Conference Committee on the Petroleum Industry and Governance to consider the “fundamental issues ” raised by the Legal Department of the National Assembly.
When asked to state how long it would take the National Assembly to get the PIGB ready, the Chairman , House Committee on Petroleum ( Upstream ) and Deputy Chairman , Ad Hoc Committee on Petroleum Industry Bills , Victor Nwokolo , replied , “No , no , no , everything has been cleared . It should be at the President ’s table today ( Friday ) , because bearing in mind that we are going on break today , we did everything we could to finish the process .
“The bill has gone through all the processes involved in the legal department . The issues raised by the legal department have been properly addressed and so there is no hindrance anymore . All that is left is for the President to give assent to the bill .”
On whether there has been any form of communication between the National and Assembly and the President to ensure that he signs the bill , Nwokolo stated that there was no need for such , as it was the constitutional duty of the President to give assent to the bill .
He noted that if the President refused to sign the bill , the National Assembly would have no choice but to use other means within its powers to make it a law .
Nwokolo said , “ We don’t need to have any communication with him , because it is his constitutional duty to sign and there is always an option ‘B’ when you are talking about bills , Acts or law -making . But I also know that what we have done is to strengthen the institutions that are involved in the petroleum sector .”
He gave some of the reasons why the PIGB was referred back to the National Assembly after it had been passed earlier.

Nwokolo said , “As I speak to you today , the PIGB has left the National Assembly. The reason why it was brought back for review the other time was because there were issues about the secretary of the National Petroleum Company . This was because we have a commission and there was no provision for its secretary . ”


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