The House of Representatives on Thursday in Abuja stepped down the report of the National Assembly conference committee on Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB).The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the report was earlier scheduled for presentation, but was stepped down for reason that may not be unconnected with percentage due to host communities.
The report was on the Conference Committee on a Bill for an Act to provide legal governance, regulatory and fiscal framework for the Nigerian Petroleum Industry and the Development of Host Communities.
The lawmakers therefore engaged in a shouting match before commencement of plenary to consider the Electoral Act Amendment Bill and the conference report on PIB Bill.
Rep. Chinyere Igwe (PDP-Rivers), Rep. Boma Goodhead (PDP-Rivers) and Bede Eke (PDP-Imo) were seen visibly angry and shouting that they were not going to accept the three per cent for host communities.
The trio and other lawmakers insisted that it must be five per cent or nothing.
This, however, did not go down well with the lawmakers, which resulted in shouting match and eventually snowballed into a rowdy session.
NAN reports that the Senate had earlier recommended three per cent for the host communities.
However, sequel to the row, the Speaker of the House of Reps, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, and other principal officers walked into the chamber without the usual announcement.
Gbajabiamila immediately dissolved the House into an executive session. (NAN)