PIB Not Senate’s Priority At The Moment – Ndume

8TH-NATIONAL-ASSEMBLYSenate Leader, Senator Ali Ndume, on Wednesday, said the red chamber had no time to consider the all-important Petroleum Industry Bill now because it was not the priority of the current administration.

Ndume said rather than dedicate time and resources on the PIB, stalled in the 7th National Assembly, senators had been focused on how to first block leakages in the oil sector.

Speaking in an interview with a PUNCH correspondent in Abuja yesterday, Ndume said the Senate had been taking a second look at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Act to determine the financial inflow and outflow of the corporation.

He said, “We are not talking about the PIB for now. The PIB got stuck somehow in the 7th Senate and this is a new government that definitely comes up with an idea of how it intends to run the oil and gas industry.

“This 8th National Assembly is determined to pass the PIB but coming to say when is a question very difficult to answer because right now, we have seven versions of the PIB. Maybe the final one will be presented by the 8th National Assembly”.

He said the Senate could not concentrate on the passage of the PIB now because there were so many unresolved issues about the content of the proposed legislation and listed these issues to include “the community aspect, joint venture contracts and the partnership issues”.

4 COMMENTS

  1. Yes the priority is their take home pay.The will never pass the PIB ’cause that will block the leakages.I am convinced we do not need a national assembly.Their contribution in the last sixteen years can be summarised on the back of a postage stamp.

    • Each assembly keeps repeating the same mistakes. We were promised that it would be passed by the end of the 7th assembly, but they kept procrastinating and making excuses until the infamous day they passed 46 bills in 10 minutes, none of which was the PIB. Now the 8th assembly is doing the exact same thing… it claims that it is determined to pass it but “now” is not the right time. When is it ever the right time?!

  2. Yes the priority is their take home pay.They will never pass the PIB ’cause that will block the leakages.I am convinced we do not need a national assembly.Their contribution in the last sixteen years can be summarised on the back of a postage stamp.

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