The Chairman Senate Committee on Rules and Business, Senator Solomon Ita Enang yesterday dispelled insinuations that the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) would not be treated by the Senate.
Enang stated this in Abuja when briefing newsmen on the activities of the Senate from September to December last year and also on activities in focus for the Senatein 2013.
He also said the report on Dana Crash, Fuel Subsidy probe, Niger Delta Development Commission 2013 Appropriation Act, Public Procurement Act, among others are lined up for deliberation.
Enang while dispelling insinuations that forces locally and international were working against the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), added that all the issues raised in the media concerning the Bill would be considered when deliberation of the Bill for second reading comes up.
"You will see it (PIB) in the notice paper when we publish it. A bill sees the light of the day when it is listed on the floor of the Senate to be considered. The contributions that are being made by senators intended to heighten interest in the bill, enlighten the public more, and we also thank the media for their contributions. All these we will take account of when considering the Bill for second reading in taking decisions on it."
On whether or not the Executive submitted the budget of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), he noted "I had mentioned earlier that the president submitted to all of us and to the National Assembly along with the National budget, the budget of the statutory corporations.
"And this is one of the things we will give priority to as we resume. And budget of SEC and others are contained here. What we said in that clause of the bill which we have forwarded is that there should not be any implementation except as would be approved. Just an emphasis."
Recall that the House of Representatives had refused to pass the 2013 budget of SEC following their resolution which called for the sack of the SEC Director General, Ms Arumah Oteh.