House To Unravel Re-introduction Of Fuel Subsidy—Dogara

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.

Speaking while welcoming members of the House of

Representatives from the Christmas and New Year break, Dogara

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

electoral matters.

“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