The chief whip of the House of Representatives, Hon. Alhassan Doguwa has assured Nigerians of the passage of the remaining components of the petroleum industry bill (PIB) before the exit of the current legislative session.
Hon. Doguwa who also doubles as the chairman of the combined committee of the two chambers of the National Assembly gave the assurance yesterday while speaking at a stakeholders’ forum to deliberate on the Petroleum Host and Impacted Communities Development Bill (PHICDB) in Abuja.
Speaking at the event which was organised by OrderPaper Advocacy Initiative and tagged HOSTCOM Colloquium Abuja, Hon. Doguwa expressed the commitments of the members of the National Assembly to ensure that the bills are passed for the advancement of the industry.
He confirmed that the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIGB) which for some time now has been under controversy whether it has been sent to the President is currently before him for assent.
“I can authoritatively tell you that the PIGB has been sent to the President for his assent,’’ he said.
Giving assurance of President Muhammadu Buhari’s quick assent to the PIGB, he said the committee did extensive consultations with stakeholders to cover every area that would lead to controversy.
He said: “We did a lot of consultations with all the stakeholders that can make the passage including the executive involved and we got their inputs reflected in the bill sent to him so we are confident that it will not take long before the President assent to it.
“For the other bills, we are going to put in place unprecedented strategy to deal with them simultaneously. We are going to work on the three other bills simultaneously that when we come to passage or harmonization with the other chamber of the National Assembly we will still find things easier, because we are not oblivious of the fact that time is really against us.’’
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