BY JIMITOTA ONOYUME
PORT HARCOURT – GOVERNOR Chibuike Amaechi of Rivers State has reiterated his call for the urgent passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill, PIB.
The governor, who spoke through his deputy, Engr Tele Ikuru, yesterday, at Government House, Port Harcourt, when the Adhoc Committee of the House of Representatives on Petroleum paid him a courtesy visit, said it was worrisome that the bill had not been passed six years after it was introduced in the National Assembly.
Appealing to the lawmakers to accord the bill the urgent attention needed for its passage, the governor said it was disturbing that a bill central to the oil economy of the nation could suffer such delay.
He said: “Anyone who hears about the PIB and the fact that it had been on the floor of the National Assembly or between the Federal Government and the National Assembly for well over six years, from the time it commenced, will be thoroughly worried. I say worried because 80 percent of our total revenue comes from the oil sector. As far as we are concerned, the oil sector, where our revenue comes from, should also be where our major jobs should come from.’
“A bill of this nature should not stay more than one or two months, wherever it finds itself.”
On his part, Chairman of the Committee and Chief Whip of the House of Representatives, Mr. Ishaka Bawa, said they were in the state to take contributions from the people on the bill.