- The house of representatives has denied claims by the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) that its members received N100 million each as palliative from the executive arm
- The national assistant general secretary of the NLC, Christopher Onyeka, had made the claim during a recent interview
- But the spokesperson of the House, Akin Rotimi, stated that it is malicious to claim that members of the national assembly got N100 million each
The house of representatives said contrary to Onyeka’s claim, President Bola Tinubu’s government has not given N100m to federal lawmakers as palliatives, The Punch reported.
Reps denies NLC’s claim of N100m palliative
The legislators’ rebuttal was conveyed in a statement issued by Akin Rotimi, the House spokesperson.
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The Green Chamber noted that Onyeka was actually conveying the official position of the NLC on this claim, and it is important to "correct such misinformation".
The statement partly reads:
“We state categorically that Mr. Onyeka lied in his claim that National Assembly members were given N100m as palliatives. For the avoidance of doubt, at no time did Members of the House of Representatives receive any money from the Executive arm as palliatives.
“We, therefore, consider this statement as malicious, irresponsible and in bad faith.”
NLC gears up for indefinite strike
In a piece of related news, Legit.ng reported that the organised labour reiterated its commitment to embark on an indefinite strike should President Tinubu's administration fail to meet its demands within its 21-day ultimatum.
The warning comes ahead of the ultimatum deadline. On September 1, the organised labour issued a 21-day ultimatum to Tinubu. The union's ultimatum will expire next week.
NLC shuns negotiation meeting with Tinubu
In another related news, Legit.ng reported that the NLC shunned the negotiation meeting called by President Tinubu to stop the union from embarking on its declared two-day warning strike.
President Tinubu's minister of Labour and Employment, Simon Lalong, convened the meeting to avert the strike that the organised labour had declared.