Rowdy session as South-South reps protest over allocation to host communities

Plenary on the Home of Representatives started on a rowdy word on Thursday as members, particularly from the South-South geopolitical zone, protested in opposition to the discount within the quantity allotted to host communities as contained within the Petroleum Industrial Invoice.

The Niger Delta lawmakers, who rose and shouted on the prime of their voices, stated, “Give us 5 per cent.”

The protests continued because the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, led principal officers into the chamber at about 12noon.

The noise persevered as Gbajabiamila stated the opening prayers, forcing him to order that the chamber and the gallery be cleared for an government (closed-door) session.

The Senate and the Home had handed the PIB on Thursday final week, approving three per cent and 5 per cent, respectively.

Each chambers had arrange convention committees to harmonise the variations within the variations of the PIB.

Whereas the convention committee has but to put its report, there are sturdy indications that the lawmakers have info that three per cent was mutually really useful.

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