Petroleum industry bills top Nigerian Senate Agenda
Senate President Bukola Saraki and Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu. Credit The Guardian Nigeria
London. September 26 2017 (AltAfrika)-The Nigeria upper legislative chamber (Senate) resumes today to accelerate the passage of three Petroleum industry bills currently at Committee stage. The 8th Senate is equally prioritising others bills such as Social justice bills, the Jungle Justice Bill; Employment-related bill and the Existing Vacancies Bill to ensure Senators reflect the views of their constituents after their annual recess.
A local tabloid, The Guardian is also reporting that members of the senate will be debating two contentious issues-the way the Federal Government has handled the separatist group, Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and how the National Assembly will henceforth address budget delays.
A statement signed by the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Media & Public Affairs, Senator (Dr.) Sabi Abdullahi
says “Over the last few weeks, legislators from the 8th Senate have been travelling around their constituencies and meeting with the stakeholders and citizens that they represent. When we resume on Tuesday, Nigerians can be rest assured that the views and voices of all Nigerians will be considered in all the Senate’s activities.
“We have several noteworthy Bills that are at various stages of consideration like the Existing Vacancies in the Federal Civil Service (Prohibition) Bill, which will help to ensure that all federal government civil service employments are properly advertised. We also have the Occupational Safety and Health Bill, which will ensure that employees receive adequate legal protections in their places of work.
“Of course, we cannot forget the three Petroleum Industry Governance Bills that have been sent to the relevant committees for work. These three Bills are aimed at providing legal frameworks and other critical aspects of the petroleum industry not captured in the recently passed Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIGB).
“We will also consider resolutions on the next actions to take with the flooding that has occurred in several states across the nation. Through our oversight powers, we will continue to work with executives at various levels to ensure that our town planning laws are updated to mitigate against flooding and other man-made disasters.
“We have our work cut-out for us, however, working with and on behalf of all Nigerians, we will achieve all that we have set out to do.”