Some forces working to frustrate PIB – Senate President




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By Chibuike Nwabuko
Abuja (Sundiata Post) – Presidentt the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has said that there are within and outside the country working desperately to frustrate the consideration and passage the Industry Bill presently before the National Assembly. 

Lawan made this known in a delivered when the Senate Press Corps paid him a visit to mark the occasion his 62nd birthday celebration in Abuja. 
“The PIB is like a demon. That PIB thing, there are people both inside and outside the country, who would work against it, but it is going to take the strength of our patriotism to pass it,” he said. 

The Special Assistant (Press)to President of the Senate, Ezrel Tabiowo disclosed this in a made available to Sundiata Post.

According to the , it took the firm resolve of the National Assembly todisclosed pass the Deep Offshore and Inland Basin Production Sharing Bill in 2019. 
He said that the passage of the Bill by the Legislature caused an increment to the country’s revenue profile from Deep Offshore activities from $216 million annually to $2 billion dollars.   
Lawan, however, assured Nigerians that the same approach adopted by the National Assembly in ensuring the passage of the Deep Offshore and Inland Basin Production Sharing Bill would be deployed for the consideration and eventual passage of the Industry Bill (PIB). 
“In 2019, when we said we would pass the amendment to the Deep Offshore – Production Sharing – people didn’t it to happen because they stopped it from happening for twenty years. 
“When it is brought, they’ll come and do something and it will disappear. So, when we said we would do it, some of them came to me and said, you don’t have to do this thing now. It’s not going to work. 
“We said, we will try. The second day they came and said, if we do this (pass the PSC amendment bill), they would leave this country, because that will be against some interests.
replied: for once, allow us do something for our country. And laughed, you are not going anywhere. The kind of things you do in this country, where else in the world would you be allowed to do it? So, we are going to do this amendment. 
“They thought it was a joke. In a week, we finished the amendment. The House was on recess, the day they returned, they concurred. 
“Mr. President knew how important that amendment was. He was in London, and that bill was flown to him. He signed it on a Sunday, just to give that amendment the validity that was needed. 
“For that singular act that we lost billions of dollars, where we were supposed to be given $2 billion dollars, they were giving us $216 million. But from last year after the amendment, it is now $2 billion dollars.
“People didn’t celebrate us, even though they knew what happened. That was what we did for our country, we are proud of ourselves as of the National Assembly that we have done something worthwhile for our country. That is what we intend to do with the PIB by the grace of God,” the said.