NASS Defection Disrupts Passage of NOSDRA Act in House of Representative

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From: AgroNature Nigeria

Tuesday morning drama in the Senate where 15 lawmakers decamped from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has allegedly prevented the third reading and passage of the amended National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) Act 2006 in the House of Representative.

Officials from the agency had expected that the third reading will take place in the Lower House today from which it will be submitted to the President for further approval.

The Nigerian Senate on Monday had earlier passed Report of NOSDRA Act 2006 (amendment) Bill, 2018 (SB. 557).

In an interview with AgroNature Nigeria, a top official in NOSDRA explained that the hearing will have to be suspended until normalcy returns to the National Assembly.

Asked how the siege at the Senate President’s House could have affected the process, he explained that since the bill has been passed by the Senate from the third reading, it will be replicated at the lower House before it eventually becomes law after the Presidential assent.

The source added it was billed for hearing today but further findings revealed it was not listed.

When the Director of Information, Mr. Udeh was contacted, he said, “We didn’t go because of the threats. We have to be very conscious too. There is nothing we can do, see what is happening in the national assembly, so we will have to wait because we are supposed to have our hearing today.”

If passed, it is expected to adequately prevent oil spillage in the country.

The NOSDRA amendment is expected to further address any kind of restriction and ambiguity in the agency’s mandate.

The Senate has also adjourned till September 26.

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