BY EMMAN OVUAKPORIE
ABUJA— Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Inter-Parliamentary Affairs, Hon Daniel Reyenieju, has assured Nigerians that the Petroleum Industry Bill, PIB, before the National Assembly would be thoroughly scrutinised before its passage by the legislators.
Also, Hon Chudi Uwazuirike, representing Imo State, assured that the Bill would be given all the necessary attentions and screening before it is finally passed into law.
Reyenieju dropped the hint while speaking with newsmen, yesterday, saying: “Nigerians’ hope and aspiration from the PIB when it becomes law will remain the guiding principle of the House, and thus the House will fully scrutinize the bill using all possible prisms of analysis and contextualized international best practices to fulfil this onerous task.”
The legislator who was recently elected Vice-Chairman, Commonwealth Parliamentary Union, African Region, however, appealed to Nigerians to expect the best output from the National Assembly.
The lawmaker further hinted that “Nigeria being for now a mono-cultural economy which is almost solely rested on crude oil, it is through a good regulatory law that Nigeria can derive the necessary maximum advantage from this wasted asset.
Thus, it is our hope that the expectation for a perfect law to regulate the petroleum sector will be fully appreciated to the extent that the House will not be unnecessarily pressured into passing the PIB without doing enough rigorous analysis and inputs.”
Hon Uwazuirike explained that “there is no way tribal sentiments will overshadow the manner in which the bill will be debated on the floor of the House. If it happens, that will be a tragedy for this nation.“