For the second day running, House of Representatives failed to pass the 2015 Budget and the long-awaited Petroleum Industry Bill, PIB.
The House had on March 12, 2015, adjourned sitting to March 31, shortly after the PIB Report was laid on the floor of the House.
Before the House adjourned plenary, the deputy House spokesman, Hon. Victor Ogene, had assured that the budget and PIB will be passed as soon as the House reconvenes.
Ogene hinted that the conference committee of both chambers had met and agreed on $53 per barrel oil benchmark.
He said the Appropriation Committees of both the Senate and House will meet with the Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and other relevant agencies of government to further fine-tune the budget.
According to him, “The Conference Committee of both Senate and House have met and agreed on $53 per barrel. The Appropriation Committees of both chambers will now meet with the Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.
“This was why the budget was not passed. The work on the budget is still ongoing and will be passed on resumption of the House on March 31.”
But on resumption on Tuesday, the House abruptly adjourned sitting due to members present were unable to form a quorum.
Speaker of the House, Hon. Aminu Tambuwal, explained that the delay in the collation of the results of the Presidential and National Assembly elections might have caused the poor turnout.
Tambuwal said that the results of the election were still being awaited, adding that many senatorial districts and federal constituencies were also pending.
The development prompted the House Leader, Hon. Mulikat Akande-Adeola to move a motion for the House to adjourn plenary to April 1.
At yesterday’s plenary, none of the motions and reports in the Order Paper was debated nor laid on the floor of the House.
Even the 2015 Budget captured in the Order Paper for third and final reading, was left out at yesterday’s sitting.
Perhaps, the disposition of most of the lawmakers after the Presidential and National Assembly polls prompted the House not to embark on any serious business.
After reading his pre-resumption speech and communication from one of the lawmakers, who defected from the PDP to the APC, the House adjourned till April 14, 2015.
Nigerian Pilot recalls that the Chairman of the Ad hoc Committee on PIB, Hon. Ishaka Bawa, had on March 12, 2015, assured Nigerians that the PIB will be passed into law as soon as the House returns in March 31.
Bawa further explained that the eventual outcome of the committee’s report will depend on the clause-by-clause consideration by the lawmakers.
He added that its recommendations were not yet the position of the House.

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