Fuel Subsidy Protests: House of Reps to Hold Emergency Session on Sunday
Piqued by protests that greeted the fuel subsidy removal by the Federal Government, the leadership of House of Representatives, on Friday, summoned an emergency session, scheduled to hold on Sunday by 3:00 p.m to address the crisis generated by the removal of subsidy on Premium Motor Spirit (PMS).
The House, before embarking on its Christmas and New Year break on December 22 had announced January 10 as its resumption date, but the decision to hold an emergency session on Sunday was announced at a press briefing by both Chief Whip of the House, Honourable Ishaka Bawa and Minority Whip, Honourable Samson Osagie at the National Assembly on behalf of the House leadership.
To this end, the House equally disclosed that the emergency rule declared in 15 local councils in four states by President Jonathan would also top its agenda on Sunday.
The emergency session according to the lawmakers was provided for in the standing rule of the House pointing out Order 5 rule18 (2).
Specifically, Honourable Bawa said: “We are aware of the situation in the country today and as a parliament, we feel obliged as representatives of the people, as a chamber who is representing 150 million people in this country, we felt though we are on recess, we feel obliged and directed by the Speaker based on request by the leaders of the political parties in the House of Representatives, to reconvene this house on January 8 at 3:00pm on Sunday to discuss issues of emergency affecting the country at large and we come under the express position of Order 5 (18) sub rule 2 of the House of Representatives Standing Rules.
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