Abuja - A bill seeking to amend the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Act of 2003 on Thursday passed second reading at the House of Representatives.
The bill also seeks to ensure the elimination of oil theft, halting of pipeline vandalism as well as avert the continued loss of lives of people from fire incident arising from pipeline vandalism.
Leading debate on the general principles of the bill, Robinson Uwak (PDP, Akwa Ibom), said the bill if passed would tackle pipeline vandalism in the country.
Uwak reminded members of NSCDC statutory function, which among other functions, was to give a 24-hour protection to oil pipelines in the country, and urged them to support the bill.
He expressed concern about the increasing level of pipeline vandalism in recent times, adding that the development had further thrown questions as to whether the pipelines were being protected.
In his contribution, Leo Ogor (PDP-Delta), described as "embarrassing incidences of oil theft, which he said, had assumed large scale.
The bill which was not opposed passed the second reading when put to vote by the Speaker, Aminu Tambuwal, who referred it to the relevant committee for more legislative inputs.
Tambuwal called on the Federal Government to bring an end to oil theft and pipeline vandalism to save the country’s economy.
He made the call soon after the second reading of the bill, and enjoined relevant government agencies to take actions that would stop pipeline vandalism and oil theft.
Meanwhile, the house has urged the Federal Government to complete and put some rails to check accident on the sloppy nature of Obudu Cattle Ranch Road.
The house adopted a matter of Urgent National Importance, by Francis Adah (PDP-Cross Rivers).
The house, therefore, mandated its committees on Works, Federal Road Maintenance Agency and that of Environment to liaise with the Federal Government to ensure its completion.