The Senate today has commenced a two-day public hearing on the Petroleum Industry Bill.
The petroleum industry bill has lingered in the National Assembly for nearly twenty years with previous assemblies failing to pass the critical legislation.
Senate President Ahmed Lawan assured that the petroleum industry bill will be passed in the first quarter of this year.
While assuring of a quick passage of the petroleum industry bill, Senator Lawan warned that all stakeholders must play their roles to make it a reality.
He said the lack of passage of the petroleum industry bill is linked to inadequate consultation of necessary stakeholders.
He added that the country deserves legislation that will stand the test of time.