PIB not Dead, We must borrow to leave recession – Gbajabiamila

by on December 19, 2016
The Majority Leader of the House of Rep­resentatives, Hon Femi Gbajabiamila, has said for the nation to leave recession, there is no way government will not bor­row.
Gbajabiamila, who pre­sented the end of the year report on activities of the House to newsmen, said that amendment to the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) Act by the National Assembly will not see the light of day.
Fielding questions from newsmen, Gbajabiamila said the Petroleum Indus­try Bill (PIB) is not dead, adding that even if the Bill is not being debated on the floor of the House, work on the Bill is being done at the committee and group level.
He said, “The previous government put us where we are today, and for us to leave the recession, there is no way we are not going to borrow. Buhari is not a careless man and if we borrow, the money will be properly utilised.
“ PIB is being consid­ered even though you are not seeing it on the floor of the House, we are working on it at the committee and group level. PIB is being considered, we will come out with a satisfactory so­lution that will serve the interest of Nigerians. “
Speaking further on the CCB, the Majority Leader explained that he had made attempt to revisit the Bill but when Speaker, Hon Dogara put it to a vote, the legislators kicked against it.
He said, “The amend­ment to the CCB Act was an error and uncon­stitutional. Sometimes some things slip through the cracks. That is why I brought a motion to de­bate it again when I dis­covered the error. It is unconstitutional. It is not going to see the light of day. It is pertinently un­constitutional.”
On the issue of the suspended former Ap­propriation Committee Chairman, Abdulmumin Jibrin, Gbajabiamila ex­plained that the House took the necessary steps against him because he went against the ethics of the House.

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