Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara has expressed determination of the House to unravel the lingering fuel
scarcity and the alleged re-introduction of fuel subsidy in the country.
Dogara said this while welcoming members of the House of Representatives from the Christmas and New Year break.
He urged the lawmakers to work assiduously toward addressing the economic and security challenges confronting the country.
“Indeed at no time in the recent past has the nation’s peace and unity been so vigorously and persistently challenged,’’ he said.
While describing the problems as daunting, Dogara said that the unending fuel shortage recorded in the country in Dec. 2017, reached an unbearable level.
“The House expects that with the cooperation given to the executive arm to increase fuel price from N87 per liter to N145, based on the assurances, fuel scarcity ought to be a thing of the past.
“We were also assured that fuel subsidy had come to an end. From recent developments on this subject, except the executive adduces
compelling reasons why the reverse is the case, we will be justified in feeling betrayed.
“As a parliament, we must unravel the causes of this scarcity and the alleged re-introduction of fuel subsidy,’’ Dogara said.
The Speaker urged all relevant Committees to get to the root of the
issues through oversight functions to enable the House take an
informed position on the situation.
On the spate of killings in the country, Dogara urged President
Muhammadu Buhari to apply maximum sanctions on public officers who are
derelict in the performance of their duties.
“The increase in violent crimes in the country is a result of the
defects in the country’s security architecture which must be fixed.
“In the same vein, our security related Committees must aggressively
conduct oversight of the various Ministries, Departments and Agencies
(MDAs) and institutions handling security matters.
“This is with a view to detecting lapses in the operations of these
security agencies and pro-actively ensure compliance with approved
funds and procurement of appropriate equipment.
“We are all painfully aware of the wave of murders of innocent
Nigerians that has been sweeping through the nation.
“From the senseless killings in Rivers State, to the killing rampages
in Benue, Taraba, Kaduna, Zamfara, Adamawa, Edo and other states.
“Our dear country is now being painted red with the blood of the
innocents on account of unremitting bedlam callously promoted by cold
hearted merchants of death.
“At these moments of intense outpouring of grief across the nation, it
is important that we shun buck passing and accept responsibility for
these wanton killings without which we will never find a solution to
this evil,’’ Dogara said.
The Speaker, who sought the cooperation of government agencies,
assured that the House would ensure that the 2018 Appropriation Bill
was passed expeditiously.
“I call on the Heads of MDAs to expedite action on demands from our Committees.
“We should all in a constructive manner, resolve any problems that may
hinder the smooth and early passage of the budget.
“The deadline we have given to ourselves must remain sacrosanct,’’ he said.
The Speaker further said that the economy would remain the central
focus of legislative activities in 2018 to consolidate the country’s
exit from economic recession.
“To this end, we must prioritise high economic impact Bills and pass
them before the onset of political activities,’’ he said.
He also pointed out the need to conclude the amendment of the
Electoral Act and the constitution alteration process to guide
“The Rules of the game must be clear to the actors early enough before
the game begins. This is absolutely necessary in order to improve on
the standard we set in the last general elections,’’ Dogara said
Moshood Mustapha: 5 additional APC excos sacked in Kwara
Five executive members of the All Progressives Congress, (APC) in the Alanamu Ward of Ilorin West local government of Kwara...
66 unemployed youths get N7m empowerment tools in Ekiti
Ekiti state government on Thursday distributed job starter tools worth N7 million to 66 youths in the state under its...
GOOD NEWS…… Offa, Erin-Ile communities finally sheathe swords
The people of Offa and Erin Ile communities in the Offa and Oyun local government areas of Kwara state, have...
Land Tussle: Court places restriction over Ijehu community land dispute
Justice Abiodun Adebara of Offa High Court in Offa Local Government Area of Kwara State, has granted an interim injunction,...
Kwara APC suspends Saraki’s aide, Moshood Mustapha
The Kwara State chapter of the All Progressives Congress(APC) on Wednesday suspended a former member of the House of Representatives,...
Attack on Senate: Saraki commends colleagues, House members for defending democracy
The President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, has commended lawmakers for standing up firmly in defence of democracy and...
JUST IN….. Senator Omo-Agege arrested by police
The police have arrested Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, who was accused of leading thugs to steal the mace at the senate....
Ex-USA First Lady Barbara Bush dies at 92
Former USA First Lady, Barbara Bush has died on Tuesday evening at the age of 92, after a series...
Trump, Obama, Clinton, others mourn Barbara Bush
Trump U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania, former Presidents and first ladies Barack Obama and Michelle, and...
NDE trains 299 unemployed on skills acquisition in Niger.
By Hammed Salawu,Minna The Niger state National Directorate of Employment NDE, has commenced the training of 299 unemployed candidates comprising...