PIB, Constitution Amendment Top Priority As Reps Resume Today

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Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Rules and Business, Albert Sam-Tsokwa, has said as federal lawmakers resume today, priority will be given to the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) and the ongoing constitutional amendment process.

Briefing newsmen on Monday, Sam- Tsokwa (Taraba/PDP) said that the House would give needed attention to the constitution amendment process so as to achieve a new constitution by 2013.

“We are going to continue to implement the things we are committed? to with Nigerians based on the legislative agenda. We believe we have kept faith with the legislative agenda and hope to improve on its implementation,” Sam- Tsokwa said.

On the PIB, Tsokwa said, “As we speak now, the bill has gone through second reading in the House of Representatives, it is before an ad hoc committee specially constituted by the Mr Speaker to ensure that work on it was expedited,”

He said the House has resolved to step up its oversight function of Ministries Departments and Agencies ( MDAs).
He said that the House would monitor the implementation of the 2013 budget on a monthly basis.

On the delay of the passage of the 2013 budget, he said that the House had done its part by passing the budget and was now left for the executive to play its part.

“We have finished our duty in passing the budget, the issue of assent is that of the executive,” he said.

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