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 towards 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 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.
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