As part of efforts to ensure the passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill, Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila of the House of Representatives is having a meeting with members of the Ad Hoc Committee.

The meeting is intended to provide the leadership of the House with the opportunity to tidy up things and lay the foundation for the speedy passage of the long awaited bill.

“I will be meeting with the adhoc committee on PIB today by 3pm to tidy up somethings”, Gbajabiamila said in the morning during plenary.

“We need to pass these legislations before we go on summer break. Two weeks is a very short time.

“We must do it all. These are landmark legislations, including the supplementary budget”, the Speaker declared.

National attention has been turned in the direction of the National Assembly in anticipation as industry experts and policy makers await the arrival of a new set of laws which would regulate operations in the oil sector.

Both arms of the National Assembly were expected to have passed the bill at the end of this month.

But the flurry of activities that are going suggest that a great majority of Senators and House Reps are determined to push the PIB through.

Like the Green Chamber, the Senate is similarly gearing up to pass the PIB, according to information coming from the Red Chamber.

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Senate President Ahmed Lawan said after receiving reports from senate committees that are working on the PIB that the Red Chamber would debate the bill on Thursday.

He directed that copies of the bill be made available to all senators to enable them participate in the process.

The Buhari administration had vowed from its inception to enhance the effectiveness of the oil sector by working closely with the legislature to pass the Petroleum Industry Bill

As at the time of going to bed, information reaching our news desk confirmed that members of the Adhoc committee were seen filing in for the meeting.

The Speaker had during plenary early in the day listed the PIB, the Electoral Act and the Supplementary budget as three bills that the House must pass before proceeding on vacation.

Gbajabiamila also disclosed that the House would be expected to pass the three bills within the next two weeks.

Also today, members of the House heard the contents of a letter written by President Muhammadu Buhari, seeking the approval of the 2021 Supplementary Appropriation Bill of N895.8 billion.

The House of Representatives would be proceeding on break in mid July.