OrderPaperToday – The almost 20-years old Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) was yet resurrected in the extant 9th National Assembly after several failed attempts and a successful passage that was denied presidential assent in 2018.
A previous report by OrderPaper Nigeria detailed the trajectory of the bill in the 8th Assembly and President Muhammadu Buhari’s missed opportunity to sign it into law.
Upon the start of the 9th National Assembly, the passage of this PIB has been at the front burner of legislative efforts.
Below is a timeline of legislative talk and walk on the bill in the Senate:
July 4, 2019 – The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan promised that the 9th National Assembly will commence work on PIB when it constitutes its committee.
September 26, 2019 – The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan at the inauguration of the 69 standing committees of the 9th Senate said the Petroleum Industry Bill would be passed before the end of 2020.
October 15, 2019 – The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, said again that the Bill would be passed in 2020. This was the day the senate passed the Deep Offshore and Inland Basin Production Sharing Contract amendment bill.
December 16, 2019 – The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, at a media briefing said the red chamber will prioritize the passage of PIB when it resumes plenary in 2020.
February 5, 2020 – The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, during a meeting with representatives of International Monetary Fund (IMF) said the National Assembly was collaborating with the executive arm to draft the PIB.
February 18, 2020 – The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan directed that important bills such as the PIB that went through full legislative processing in the previous Assembly are listed for accelerated passage.
July 6, 2020 – The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, informed that the Executive would forward the PIB to the federal parliament in two weeks.
July 22, 2020 – The Executive failed to submit the PIB as the National Assembly proceeded on its annual recess.
September 28, 2020 – The Minister of State for Petroleum, Timipre Sylva, met with leadership of the National Assembly on the PIB.
September 29, 2020 – President Muhammadu Buhari transmitted the PIB to both federal chambers.
September 30, 2020 – The Petroleum Industry Bill was read for the first time in the red chamber. The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan instructed the Clerk of the Senate to circulate the bill to all Senators before 6th of October.
October 7, 2020 – The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, announced during plenary that the debate of the PIB for second reading would commence in two weeks.
October 8, 2020 – The Spokesman of the Senate, Ajibola Basiru denied claims that the red chamber would postpone work on the PIB because of the 2021 budget.
October 21, 2020 – The PIB scaled second reading in the Senate.
November 18, 2020 – The Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege, through his Chief of Staff, Otive Igbuzor at a Colloquium organised by OrderPaper Advocacy Initiative said the PIB has the potential to resolve issues confronting the petroleum sector.
November 20, 2020 – The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, at a retreat for staff of National Assembly Service Commission (NASC) said the passage of PIB has been postponed to 2021.
Below is a timeline of legislative talk and walk on the bill in the House of Representatives:
January 29, 2020 – The Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, at the resumption of plenary from yuletide break, assured that the 9th House of Representatives will pass the Petroleum Industry Bill.
January 29, 2020 – The Spokesman of the House of Representatives, Benjamin Kalu, at a press briefing upon resumption from Yuletide break said the chamber will prioritise the passage of Petroleum Industry Bill.
July 14, 2020 – A member of the House of Representatives, Muda Lawal urged his colleagues to shelve their 2020 annual vacation to treat important bills like the PIB.
September 29, 2020– President Muhammadu Buhari transmitted the PIB to both federal chambers.
October 8, 2020 – The Spokesman of the House of Representatives, Benjamin Kalu, debunked claims that the passage of the PIB has been suspended.
October 10,2020 – A Member of the green chamber, Henry Nwawuba at a tweet chat organised by OrderPaper Nigeria and Nigeria Natural Resource Charter advised Nigeria to reform its petroleum sector to take advantage of the black gold resource while it is still relevant.
November 25, 2020 – The Petroleum Industry Bill passed second reading in the House of Representatives.
November 26, 2020 – The House of Representatives technical Committee on Petroleum Industry Bill at its inaugural meeting said the draft will be passed before the end of first quarter of 2021.
December 4, 2020 – The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila during plenary announced the creation of a host community Committee.