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After days of foot-dragging, the House of Representatives on Sunday at its
emergency sitting requested President Goodluck Jonathan to back down
on the controversial removal of petrol subsidy in deference to the mood of
the masses who considered the policy ill-conceived.
Following pressure from members of the public and opinion leaders, the
federal lawmakers held an emergency session on Sunday to deliberate on
the vexed policy which has already pitched organized labour, civil society
groups, some professional associations and sundry minds against the
In his opening remarks, Speaker, Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal
encouraged his colleagues to bare their minds on the policy as its
implication impacts on all Nigerians.
The federal lawmakers, he noted can not pretend to deny the facts
starring everyone in the face that all is not well with the country, adding
that this informed the reason to recall lawmakers from recess.
“Painfully however, after careful analysis of the state of the nation,
leadership of the House took counsel and resolved that the recess be cut
short in the national interest. This emergency is summoned in
consonance with Order 5(18)(2) of the Standing Rules of the House of
Representatives. Let me therefore formally welcome you into the year
2012 and commend you most sincerely for your swift response to this
emergency call to reconvene ahead of the previous scheduled date”, he
In a motion on the contentious policy, the federal lawmakers also
appealed to the Nigeria Labour Congress(NLC) , Trade Union Congress
(TUC) and the civil society groups to shelve their planned mass action
billed for Monday.
House leader, Hon Mulikat Adeola-Akande tried effortlessly to convince
the federal lawmakers to support the removal of subsidy on petrol which
has triggered widespread protests both in Nigeria and abroad.
After a heated debate on the policy, the House constituted a committee to
mediate between government and leadership of organized labour and other
stakeholders. The committee is headed by Hon Patrick Ihriale (Edo State,
Earlier Tambuwal had condemned the Christmas Day bombing of Saint
Teresa Catholic Church, Madalla, Niger State. He said he was particularly
encouraged by the restraint exercised by Christian lawmakers and later
called for a one-minute silence in honour of victims of the blast.
Subsidy removal: Nigerian Reps oppose
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Monday, January 09 , 2012