The House of Representatives, on Thursday, stepped down the consideration of the report of the Conference Committee on Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB).
The PIB Conference Report which had been listed for presentation and consideration, was stepped down after the house resumed plenary at the end of an executive session.
The house witnessed a noisy session when some lawmakers protested alleged reduction in the percentage accruing to host communities.
The lower chamber had earlier voted five per cent for host communities in the PIB earlier passed, while the senate passed three per cent.
However, Chinyere Igwe, PDP lawmaker, alleged that the percentage for host communities has been reduced from five to three per cent, after the conference committee of both the senate and the house harmonised the document.
The rowdy session was said to have began prior to the arrival of the speaker of the house, Femi Gbajabiamila.
But the chaotic session continued despite the speaker’s arrival and taking his seat.
The situation forced Gbajabiamila to ask the house to go for an executive session.
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