By Inalegwu Shaibu
ABUJA— Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Publicity, Mr Enyinnaya Abaribe, has confirmed that the Petroleum Industry Bill, PIB, is not in the Senate.
Abaribe who addressed journalists at the end of plenary, yesterday, stated that the Senate was yet to receive the PIB despite promises from President Goodluck Jonathan that the bill would arrive at the National Assembly in June.
He said: “The Senate has been expecting the PIB from the Presidency. I think they said they are bringing it in June, up till this moment we still have not received the bill and of course any time the bill comes, we will treat the bill as due. Whatever version that comes from Mr. President is the version that is the proper PIB.”
Meanwhile, the Senate, yesterday, administered oath of office on Senators Margery Okadigbo and Solomon Ewuga.
Senator Ewuga, CPC, Nasarawa North senatorial district replaced Senator Musa Nagogo, who was earlier issued certificate of return by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
While Senator Okadigbo, PDP, Anambra North was sworn-in to occupy the Anambra North seat which has been vacant since the inception of the 7th Senate following the Supreme Court ruling which declared her as the authentic candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the April 2011 general election in the state.
Abaribe after the swearing-in declared the feat as a milestone for a spouse of a former Senator to occupy the same seat as her husband.
According to him, “today also mark a milestone when we have for the very first time the swearing in of the spouse of a former Senator. In our constitutional development, we have not seen this yet.
“There has been children but they have not been a spouse in the Senate bearing the same name.”
The whole Senate warmly welcomes the two Senators who were sworn in today and especially the wife of the former Senate President Chuba Okadigbo, Mrs. Margery Okadigbo back.”