By Ikenna Uwadileke
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara has expressed willpower of the House to unravel the lingering gasoline shortage and the alleged re-introduction of gasoline subsidy within the nation.
Dogara mentioned this whereas welcoming members of the House of Representatives from the Christmas and New Year break.
He urged the lawmakers to work assiduously towards addressing the financial and safety challenges confronting the nation.
“Indeed at no time within the current previous has the nation’s peace and unity been so vigorously and persistently challenged,’’ he mentioned.
While describing the issues as daunting, Dogara mentioned that the never-ending gasoline scarcity recorded within the nation in Dec. 2017, reached an insufferable stage.
“The House expects that with the cooperation given to the chief arm to extend gasoline worth from N87 per liter to N145, based mostly on the assurances, gasoline shortage should be a factor of the previous.
“We have been additionally assured that gasoline subsidy had come to an finish. From current developments on this topic, besides the chief adduces compelling the reason why the reverse is the case, we might be justified in feeling betrayed.
“As a parliament, we should unravel the causes of this shortage and the alleged re-introduction of gasoline subsidy,’’ Dogara mentioned.
The Speaker urged all related Committees to get to the basis of the problems by oversight capabilities to allow the House take an knowledgeable place on the state of affairs.
On the spate of killings within the nation, Dogara urged President Muhammadu Buhari to use most sanctions on public officers who’re derelict within the efficiency of their duties.
“The improve in violent crimes within the nation is a results of the defects within the nation’s safety structure which should be fastened.
“In the identical vein, our safety associated Committees should aggressively conduct oversight of the assorted Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) and establishments dealing with safety issues.
“This is with a view to detecting lapses within the operations of those safety businesses and pro-actively guarantee compliance with authorised funds and procurement of applicable gear.
“We are all painfully conscious of the wave of murders of harmless Nigerians that has been sweeping by the nation.
“From the mindless killings in Rivers State, to the killing rampages in Benue, Taraba, Kaduna, Zamfara, Adamawa, Edo and different states.
“Our pricey nation is now being painted pink with the blood of the innocents on account of unremitting bedlam callously promoted by chilly hearted retailers of dying.
“At these moments of intense outpouring of grief throughout the nation, it is crucial that we shun buck passing and settle for duty for these wanton killings with out which we’ll by no means discover a resolution to this evil,’’ Dogara mentioned.
The Speaker, who sought the cooperation of presidency businesses, assured that the House would make sure that the 2018 Appropriation Bill was handed expeditiously.
“I name on the Heads of MDAs to expedite motion on calls for from our Committees.
“We ought to all in a constructive method, resolve any issues that will hinder the sleek and early passage of the funds.
“The deadline we have given to ourselves must remain sacrosanct,”he mentioned.
The Speaker additional mentioned that the economic system would stay the central focus of legislative actions in 2018 to consolidate the nation’s exit from financial recession.
“To this finish, we should prioritise excessive financial impression Bills and move them earlier than the onset of political actions,’’ he mentioned.
He additionally identified the necessity to conclude the modification of the Electoral Act and the structure alteration course of to information electoral issues.
“The Rules of the sport should be clear to the actors early sufficient earlier than the sport begins. This is completely crucial as a way to enhance on the usual we set within the final common elections,’’ Dogara mentioned.