Reports claim Senate may hold emergency session over petrol price increase

Reports claim Senate may hold emergency session over petrol price increase

- Reports have emerged that the Nigerian Senate may hold an emergency session over the increase in the pump price of petrol

- A senator who does not want to be named made the disclosure

- Another senator, Obinna Ogba faulted the federal government over the increase

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Reports have emerged that the Nigerian Senate may hold an emergency session to discuss the recent increase in the pump price of petrol.

According to This Day, a senator who does not want to be named disclosed that the lawmakers have already asked the president of the Senate, Dr Ahmad Lawan to call an emergency session to discuss the development.

Reports claim Senate may hold emergency session over petrol price increase

The Senators are planning to discuss the development. Photo Credit: Nigeria Senate
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“Yes, it’s true that we have approached the leadership of the Senate about the possibility of holding an emergency session to look into the issues of a fuel price hike and increase in electricity tariff from N22.00 to N66.00 per kilowatt,” he was quoted saying.

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Another senator, Obinna Ogba faulted the federal government for increasing both fuel price and electricity tariffs.

Ogba who served as the chairman of the Senate committee on sports pointed out that the electricity tariff and fuel price increase at a time the economy was yet to recover from the deadly effects of COVID-19, showed that the government at the centre is highly insensitive.

Meanwhile, Labour unions in the country are planning to go on strike over the recent increase in the price of petrol.

Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) are reportedly consulting civil society allies and relevant organs of labour towards the planned strike, The Guardian reported.

Ayuba Wabba, the president of NLC on Thursday, September 3, said both labour unions would soon deliberate on how to carry out the planned industrial action.

In other news, Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Abiodun Ige Adams, has criticised the federal government over the increase in the price of petrol.

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The renowned Yoruba leader said that this is not the kind of change Nigerians voted for in the 2015 general elections.

He pointed out that the government should instead look for ways to help cushion the harsh economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the masses.

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