Senate to debate PIB report Thursday

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The Senate will on Thursday debate the report of its joint committees on Petroleum (Upstream, Downstream and Gas) on the Petroleum Industry Bill.

Senate President Ahmad Lawan disclosed this on Tuesday after the chairman of the panel, Senator Mohammed Sabo (Jigawa South West), submitted the committees’ report.

Lawan said, “We will be considering the report on Thursday. We have today, tomorrow and Thursday to look at the report so that when we consider the report, we will be doing so on the basis of what we have been able to read from this very important report.”

The Senate President urged the Joint Committee to provide lawmakers with copies of the bill ahead of its consideration to enable them study its content.

“Let me use the opportunity to thank our Joint Committee for working so hard, selflessly and patriotically to produce the report on the Petroleum Industry Bill.

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“This report, a copy each, must be made available to each and every Senator today, this afternoon.

“I don’t know how the Committee would arrange it, but every Senator must have a copy today.

“And we would be considering the report on Thursday.

“So, we have today, tomorrow until the beginning of Thursday to look at the report so that when we consider it, we will be doing so on the basis of what we have been able to read from this very important report,” NAN quoted him as saying.

The Senate also at plenary considered for first reading, five bills.

The bills are : Recovery of Premises Act 1995 repeal and re-enactment Bill 2021, sponsored by Sen.Odey Stephen (PDP Cross River); Federal University of Technology Akwa-Ibom Establishment Bill,2021 by Sen.Akpan Bassey(PDP Akwa Ibom); Federal University of Technology Jigawa Establishment Bill,2021 by Sen.Mohammed Sabo (APC-Jigawa).

Others are Mortgage Institutions and Allied Matters Act Amendment Bill,2021 by Sen.Ibikunle Amosu (APC -Ogun); and National Research and Innovation Council Establishment Bill,2021 by Sen.Ibezim Chukwuma(APC-Imo).

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