Reps receive PIB, to begin consideration of bill after recess

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Updated July 19, 2012

The House of Representatives on Thursday objected to the late presentation of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) sent to the House by President Goodluck Jonathan.

The Minister of Petroleum, Diezani Alison-Madueke on Wednesday said that President Goodluck Jonathan has sent the latest draft of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) to the National Assembly for debate.

In his letter to the House on the matter, the president had requested for ‘expeditious consideration’ of the bill.

The minority leader of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila had objected to the demand for ‘expeditious consideration’ and sought for the bill to be returned to the executive till the legislature returns from their annual recess.

The Speaker of the House Animu Tambuwal, however, said the House will receive the document but can only begin consideration of the bill upon return from their recess.

The speaker said the House received only three copies of the bill as against the 500 copies requested for.