…Passage is, however, of no effect as Senate didn’t pass Bill
04 June 2015, Abuja – 47 out of the 360 members of Nigeria’s out-going seventh House of Representative passed the controversial Petroleum Industry Bill, PIB, Thursday.
The session which was presided over by the Deputy Speaker, Mr. Emeka ihedioha considered and passed the bill for the third and final time in a bid to beat the expiration of the House’s current legislative tenure which ends on Friday June 5, 2015
The passage of the bill however, was of no effect as it did not receive the mandatory concurrence from the Senate.
The seventh Senate which formally rounds off its tenure today, (Thursday) had abandoned the bill at the committee stage, a development which rendered the passage by the House an effort in futility.
By legislative proceedings, a bill is considered passed only when the passage is done by both chambers of the National Assembly.
The failure of the Senate to pass the bill had transferred its fate to the incoming 8th Assembly.