Channels Television reports that the House of Reps’ Ad-Hoc Committee report on the PIB has been considered and that the Bill has been passed by the lower house.
This comes after a flurry of Bills (46 in total) were passed by the Senate yesterday, June 3, after same were transmitted by the House of Reps.
The House of Reps’ passage of the PIB comes to little or no avail as the 7th Assembly wrapped up today. The Bill would have also required passage by the Senate.
Indeed, Senate president, David Mark, in his End-of-Assembly speech, admitted the lawmakers failure to pass the Bill.
The PIB has been before the House of Assembly since July 2012.
ThisDay and Leadership report that the House of Representatives’ Ad-hoc Committee on the PIB has recommended that the President’s discretionary powers to award licenses or leases, as well as the Minister of Petroleum Resources’ control over relevant regulatory agencies, be removed.
The recommendations, which are contained in the executive summary of the Committee’s report on the Bill, also seek to extend the coverage of the Petroleum Host Community Fund to communities where oil and gas installations are located.
The Committee will present its report on the PIB when the House reconvenes on March 31, 2015.
The Committee on Petroleum Resources (Downstream) of the House of Representatives today announced its Downstream Stakeholders Forum. The theme is “The Downstream Regime in the Petroleum Industry Bill: Stakeholder’s Perspective”. This is a by invitation only event and will hold on the 2nd of October. This forum is different from the public hearings that will be held by the committee after the second hearing of the PIB. Details of the forum and the relevant contacts can be found here.
Collins Olayinka of The Guardian writes here on the proposed changes to PPPRA, including the change of name and the exclusion of non-professionals on its board under the PETROLEUM INDUSTRY BILL 2012.