OrderPaperToday – The Senate has disagreed with the allocation of N200million for the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) and another N200million for a review of the Gas master plan by the Ministry of Petroleum Resources.

This occurred at the defence of the ministry before the Senate Committee on Gas Resources on Monday.

Responding to a presentation by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Dr. Jamila Shuaru, Chairman of the Committee, Senator Bassey Albert Akpan said the allocations were not necessary.

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Akpan said because the PIB is already with the National Assembly, there was no need to allocate any funds for its passage.

He said: “This bill is already with the National Assembly. So what do we need the money for? I don’t think you need the money.

“This could be one of the reasons why we have so much deficit in this year’s budget. Unless you can justify this expenditure, we need to do away with this.”

Other committee members who spoke at the meeting concurred with their chairman that except there are other capital expenditure the ministry want to spend the money on, they said  PIB does not need funding to be passed.

The committee also disagreed with the ministry officials over the N200 million proposed in the 2016 budget for the review of the Nigerian Gas Masterplan.

According to the senators, funding request for the plan has been a recurring figure in previous budgets.

“You cannot be asking for funds to review what you have not even implemented”, Senator Akpan said.

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