Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourable Aminu Tambuwal yesterday admitted that the seventh National Assembly was unable to pass the much-awaited Petroleum Industry Bill, PIB, because of the strong forces that stood against the bill.
Tambuwal stated this during his valedictory speech, which was well attended by members, former speaker, senators and principal officers of the National Assembly.
The speaker decried that despite measures taken to ensure the smooth passage of the bill, they were unable to pass the bill as promised.
He, however, expressed optimism that the eighth Assembly would rise up to the occasion to complete and pass the bill they had already started.
“We shed tears of sadness because we did not rise swiftly to defeat the forces that stood ever so strongly against the passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill, PIB. We lament that our electronic voting system project could not be brought to fruition.
“I am confident however that with the amendment of the relevant House Rules, the successor Assembly would move swiftly to conclude the half done issues,” Tambuwal noted.
“I take this opportunity to most highly commend the President of the Senate, His Excellency Distinguish Senator David Alechenu Bonaventure Mark for this show of leadership. I equally commend all distinguish senators of the seventh Senate for the spirit of common purpose exhibited all through the years.
The deputy speaker, Hon Emeka Ihedioha thanked his colleagues for making him and Tambuwal part of history.
Ihedioha expressed gratitude to Nigerians for the confidence reposed in them that enabled them to sustain the independence of the legislature.
In their separate valedictory speeches, the House minority leader, Femi Gbajabiamila said the legislative bond that had bound them together would continue even after the seventh assembly.
He appreciated all the lawmakers irrespective of party affiliation, adding that life would not begin and end in the parliament.
In his remarks, the House majority leader, Hon. Mulikat Akonde-Adeola said the parliament under Tambuwal took some important decisions that had kept the House intact.
The deputy majority leader House, Hon. Leo Ogor said they had rendered a good service for the country.
He commended the speaker for his leadership style and the way he had piloted the affairs of the House in the last four years.
The executive director, Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre, PLAC, Mr. Clement Nwankwo pointed out that the most significance of the seventh assembly was involving the civil society in the legislative process, especially in the constitution amendment process.
Senate deputy leader, Abdul Ningi, governor of Zamfara State, Abdulazzi Yari and former speaker, Ghali Na’Abba attended the valedictory session.