The House of Representatives is to get N70 billion allocation from President Bola Tinubu’s N819 billion palliative meant to cushion the effect of fuel subsidy on Nigerians.
The amount, according to the President’s letter sent on July 12 and read by the Speaker, Rep. Tajudeen Abbas, was meant to support the working conditions of new members.
Rep. Julius Ihonvere, the Majority Leader of the House, had presented for second reading a Bill from the 2022 Supplementary Appropriation of N819 billion.
According to the majority leader, this was for the provision of palliatives to Nigerians to cushion the effect of fuel subsidy removal.
Meanwhile, the deputy speaker of the House, Rep. Benjamin Kalu, has lauded President Tinubu’s decision, noting that the palliative would solve the challenges of the legislature.
Mr Kalu lauded the President for having a listening ear, adding that the President’s boldness and courage were commendable.
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According to him, there comes a time in the life of a country when leaders with boldness and courage are needed, and it will appear that Nigeria has gotten one in the person of Tinubu.
He said that it took courage and boldness for the President to remove subsidy, adding that “there comes a time in the life of a nation where a leader that is sensitive to the welfare of the people is needed.
“It appears we have gotten such leader. This leader has a listening hear. The executive is responding to the yearning of the people and this money is not going to be a free bee.”
He said the money was also to solve the challenges of the National Assembly, including the challenges of the House of Representatives.
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