OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives would still hold a scheduled public hearing on the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) despite postponement of resumption of plenary by the National Assembly.

The management of the legislature had on Saturday announced lawmakers will no longer resume plenary session as earlier scheduled for 26 January 2021. The new date for resumption is the 9th of February 2021.

According to a statement signed by Clerk of the National Assembly, Mr. Amos Ojo, the postponement is to enable lawmakers of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) participate in the ongoing registration of membership of the party.

The signed statement reads: “This is to inform all distinguished senators and honourable members of the National Assembly that the resumption of plenary sessions earlier scheduled for Tuesday, 26th January 2021 is hereby rescheduled for Tuesday 9th February 2021.

“The postponement is to enable members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) party participate in the registration and revalidation of its membership, scheduled to commence on Monday 25th January, 2012.

“All inconveniences caused by this change of date are regretted”.

The postponement of plenary notwithstanding, the public hearing on the PIB scheduled for January 27 and 28th 2021 at the House of Representatives. Stakeholders are expected to present their views on the draft law to reform the oil and gas sector of the economy.

The PIB has had a chequered history with the President of the Senate, Mr. Ahmed Lawan, recently disclosing that the some forces locally and internationally are opposed to the passage of the bill.

He said: “People within and outside the country have been working against the passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB). The bill has been in the National Assembly in the past 20 years, since 2007 without success.

“When we resume we will work on the PIB because the world is waiting. It is like a demon that had defied every effort in the past.”

The PIB is available for download here.


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