Deputy Speaker House Representatives, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, has assured Nigerians that the National Assembly will pass the long awaited Petroleum Industry Bill, PIB, before the May 29 terminal date of the current administration.
Ihedioha, who led other lawmakers to Benin City, Edo State, yesterday to commiserate with Hon. Samason Osagie, over his father’s death, told reporters that, “It will be most unfair for anybody to insinuate that the House is not working hard on the PIB; we have slated it for passage and we have said we have to do this before the end of this Assembly.”
He said: “As we speak with you, copies of the bill for consideration have been distributed to all members of the House to enable them study it so that they can make studied input. So come this week, we will invite all Nigerians to join us as we take the clause-by-clause consideration of the bill because we believe that the passage will do the Nigerian economy and the petroleum industry a lot of good.”
On corruption, Ihedioha stated that the Lower House of the National Assembly in the current dispensation had discharged itself well by leading by example.
Ihedioha“We have led the House transparently and we have opened our books for anybody or individuals to appreciate how we have run the affairs of the House and that is why in the 7th Assembly there is no banana pill,” Ihedioha stated.
He maintained that the National Assembly had done everything possible “to expose corrupt practices by any branch of government and by any member of the society; we have done all we need to do and we have asked the Executive arm of government to play its part.”
Ihedioha said that if the Executive failed to play its part, it is not the responsibility of the House and is not an indictment of the legislature,” adding that, “we have exposed corruption where necessary in the country.”


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