The outgoing 7th National Assembly on Thursday failed to pass the controversial Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), a re-occurring development that has greeted past assemblies which have failed to pass the bill since its introduction in 2008.
Although, the House of Representatives passed the Bill but without Senate concurrence, stakeholders described the passage as “belated” and to “no effect whatsoever”.
With the expiration of the 7th National Assembly, the PIB will have to be reintroduced in the 8th Assembly for the third time as the 6th National Assembly also failed to pass the bill.
Senate President David Mark yesterday, in his valedictory speech, lamented the inability of the 7th National Assembly to pass the PIB. According to Mark, despite the efforts of the 7th Senate, they did not meet all the targets they set for themselves.
“… as much as we tried, we did not meet all the targets we set for ourselves. For instance we were not able to pass the PIB and our constitutional amendment is stalled,” Mark had said.