PIB: Rowdy session in House of Reps as Senate adopts 3% allocation for host communities


The House of Representatives on Thursday witnessed a rowdy session as some lawmakers protest over alleged reduction in the approved percentage accruing to host communities.

However, the bill was passed at the Senate despite opposition from senators from the South.

The House had earlier voted 5% for host communities in the PIB earlier passed while the Senate passed 3%.

However, a PDP lawmaker, Chinyere Igwe created a scene on the floor of the House as he was seen protesting and shouting on top of his voice over the alleged reduction of the percentage for host communities from 5% to 3% after the conference committee of both the Senate and the House of Representatives harmonised the document.

He shouted: “It must be 5%”.

The rowdy session began prior to the arrival of the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila.

Even when the Speaker arrived the chamber and took his seat, the rowdy session persisted forcing the Speaker to ask the House to go for an executive session.

The lawmakers are currently in for the executive session.