PIB: Reps In Emergency Executive Session After Rowdy Protest [Video]

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The House of Representatives on Thursday dissolved into an emergency executive session over contending issues on the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB).

Leakblast reports that the Senate had earlier passed the conference report of the National Assembly on the PIB.

The National Assembly pegged contributions to the host communities development trust fund at three percent of the operating expenditure of oil companies in the region.

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But trouble started in the House of Representatives after some lawmakers protested over the alleged reduction in the approved percentage accruing to host communities.

The house had earlier voted 5% for host communities in the PIB earlier passed while the Senate passed 3%.

However, a PDP lawmaker, Chinyere Igwe, created a scene when he protested the alleged reduction of the percentage for host communities from 5% to 3% after the conference committee of both the Senate and the House of Representatives harmonised the document.

“It must be 5%,” he roared before the arrival of the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila.

Because of the row, the Speaker and other principal officers walked into the chamber without notice and the usual announcement.

Even when the Speaker arrived the chamber and took his seat, the rowdy session persisted forcing the Speaker to ask the House to go for an executive session.

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