Monday 16 May 2016

#fuelsubsidy: Reps askNLC to suspend plannedstrike, to meet labourleaders

The House of Representatives has urged the
Nigerian Labour Congress to suspend its
planned strike over the hike in the price of
The lawmakers, after their meeting with the
Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe
Kachikwu, during a special session on Monday,
set up an ad hoc committee, comprising heads

of relevant committees, including those of
downstream, upstream and Navy, to meet with
Labour and government.
The ad hoc committee is headed by the House
Whip, Alhassan Doguwa (APC, Kano).
The motion urging workers to suspend the
planned strike was moved by Nicholas Ossai
The committee has five days to conclude its
Although PDP members, who earlier opposed
Mr. Kachikwu’s admittance to the green
chamber, loudly opposed the motion by voicing
“nay”, Speaker Yakubu Dogara ruled that the
“ayes have it”.
Thereafter, PDP lawmakers from the House and
the Senate went into a closed-door meeting,
presided over by Senate Minority Leader,
Godswill Akpabio.
The reason for the meeting remained unclear
but some members said the lawmakers were
discussing a robust opposition response to the
fuel price hike.
In their dramatic opposition to Mr. Kachikwu’s
admittance, several PDP lawmakers had waved
Nigerian flag, singing “all we are saying…save
Nigeria”, plunging the House into a rowdy
session before order was restored.
The House then dissolved into a closed-door
session and later resolved to interact with Mr.
Briefing the lawmakers in plenary, Mr.
Kachikwu said if fuel price was not increased,
long queues would return fully, and that the
Federation Account Allocations Committee
would have no money to distribute to the
federation units.
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