Reps step down consideration of PIB conference committee report

The House of Representatives on Thursday in Abuja stepped down the report of the National Assembly conference committee on Industry Bill (PIB).The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the report earlier scheduled for presentation, but stepped down for reason that not be unconnected with percentage due to host communities.

Rep. Mohammed Monguno, the Chairman, Committee on PIB, billed to present the report before it stepped down.

The report on the Conference Committee on a Bill for an Act to provide legal governance, regulatory and fiscal framework for the Nigerian Industry and the Development of Host Communities.

reports that the House had hurriedly dissolved into an executive session to iron some grey areas on the PIB that deemed unacceptable to some lawmakers.

Some of the lawmakers, mainly the oil producing states, had earlier gotten wind of the  conference report that recommended three cent for the 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 cent for host communities.

The trio and other lawmakers insisted that it must be five cent or nothing.

reports that the House had earlier agreed on five cent while the Senate agreed on three cent, but the conference committee report via harmonisation settled for the three cent.

This, however, did not go down well with the lawmakers, which resulted in shouting match and eventually snowballed into a rowdy session.

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)