Nigerian Senate says the only way the Petroleum Industry Bill, PIB, will get Presidential assent is for the executive and the National Assembly to produce a single document that would address the challenges in the oil and gas sector.
President of the Senate, Dr. Ahmad Lawan, stated this during the screening of one of the 43 ministerial nominees, Tayo Alasoadura, on Thursday.
Senator Lawan stressed that there was urgent need to harmonize the PIB which has been repeatedly refused assent by the executive since 1999.
Earlier, Senator Tayo Alasoadura who was among the nominees screened on day two, had appealed to the Senate to revisit the PIB which was broken down to four parts by the 8th assembly. He was later told to take a bow and leave.
Another nominee, Mr. Sunday Dare stressed the need for Nigeria to do more in leveraging the fast digital telecoms development to facilitate government’s drive for job creation & socio-economic emancipation.
He explained to the Senators some of the measures being implemented by the Telecomms regulator NCC to curtail the activities of bandits, kidnappers and other
The screening continues on the next legislative day.