Teddy Oscar, Abuja
At last, the House of Representatives has come out with a date for the much awaited Petroleum Industrial Bill (PIB), saying that it will be ready for the Nigerian people in April.
Hon. Zakari Mohammed, chairman, committee on media and public relations, dropped the hint on Thursday while addressing newsmen on some activities that have been pencilled down for the 7th National Assembly.
He explained that the long wait was because the lawmakers needed to produce something that would be sustainable.
“The PIB, too, a number of you have raised concerns. The PIB will be committed to a technical session at a technical level.
“What I mean by technical level is that the PIB is about the environment, it is about job creation, it is about… you know several stakeholders would have to make their inputs so that we have a law that can be very sustainable and will be able to meet up with yearnings and aspirations of the host communities, the government, the companies and all other people.
“So, we are looking at somewhere around the month of April… we will have a PIB for the Nigerian people,” he said.
The PIB 2012 is a 223-page document with 362 sections and five (5) schedules, which is divided into nine (9) parts, and which propose to cover the entire spectrum of the oil and gas industry.
Speaking on the review of the 1999 Constitution, the House spokesman reiterated that the July date is feasible for a clean copy to be made public.
“We started with the constitution review process because we needed to get the constitution review behind us. Of course, all of you witnessed the voting today.
“The next line of action would be the conference committee we raised in the House, and that of the Senate will begin to work on the gray areas. Both committees will work on the document and come out with a clean document.
“But don’t forget that they (Senate) have their own… but of course, the terminal date of July, which I told you is still very feasible. From the look of things, we would be able to have it before then,” he added.