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Drama as host communities fight at House of Reps PIB Public hearing

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The venue of the public hearing on the Petroleum Industry Bill, PIB has been thrown into pandemonium on Thursday following a fight by some attendants.

The fight broke out when the Chairman of the Ad-hoc Committee on PIB, Mohammed Monguno who had been presiding over the hearing  host communities of Nigeria producing oil and gas were called them to the podium to make a presentation at the public hearing which was held at the House of Representatives in the National Assembly Complex.

One of the Itsekiri leaders stood up to speak but was opposed by other members of host communities present and a fight ensued leading to a rowdy session.

Security agents at the hall including police and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) officers had to break up the fight, prompting the house ad-hoc committee on PIB to allow each host community to speak.

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila had earlier on Wednesday assured that the Reps will protect Nigeria’s interest and ensure quick passage of the PIB.

The Bill has lingered in the National Assembly for nearly twenty years with previous assemblies failing to pass the critical legislation.

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