Finally, the House of Representatives on Thursday passed the Petroleum Industry Bill ,PIB, on the last legislative day of the seventh Assembly.
The House had on Tuesday suspended the consideration of clause 209 of the PIB, due to some contentious issues. But on resumption of the consideration of the adhoc committee’s report, the outgoing members chorused ‘yea’ when the deputy Speaker, Emeka Ihedioha, put the questions on each of the clauses.
He said that the House took painstaking steps in constituting the adhoc committee on PIB in order to reflect the diverse interests of the country.
“I want to believe that the House has done its best and represented our constituencies very well. Barring last minute unforeseen circumstances, today may be our last sitting day.”
Ihedioha had on Tuesday expressed displeasure over the politicking during the consideration of some clauses.
It would be recalled that the PIB was killed on the last legislative day of the 6th Assembly in 2011.