The House of Representatives has dismissed a statement by the National Assistant General Secretary of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Mr. Christopher Onyeka, claiming that each member of the house collected 100 million naira as palliative.
The spokesman of the house Mr Akin Rotimi, in a statement, described Mr. Onyeka’s claim that the Executive arm had given N100m each to lawmakers as baseless and devoid of any factual accuracy.
He said at no time did members of the House of Representatives receive any money from the Executive arm as palliatives.
Mr Rotimi described as unfortunate that Mr. Onyeka would misrepresent facts in a bid to lend credence to otherwise valid demands of the NLC, while seeking to denigrate the National Assembly, and inciting the public against the institution.
“Accordingly, the House of Representatives demands an immediate retraction of this lie and a public apology from the Nigeria Labour Congress. The NLC as a critical stakeholder in the development of Nigeria has a voice and it risks delegitimising that voice if it is found to include fables in its legitimate agitations.
“Second, we wish to remind the NLC and indeed all Nigerians that in less than 100 days in the tenure of the 10th Assembly, we have demonstrated our commitment to the welfare of Nigerian workers and all Nigerians.
“In addition to other measures, the House of Representatives speedily carried out requisite legislative action on the Executive Arm of Government’s request for approval of funds for palliatives for Nigerians. We have also consistently advocated for the Executive to expedite these palliative measures to reach vulnerable Nigerians effectively and efficiently, as well as added our voices to the call for an immediate review of the minimum wage.
He urged the NLC to see the National Assembly as partners rather than adversaries, saying the 10th House of Representatives is committed to advancing the wellbeing of it’s constituents.
Mr Rotimi added that the parliament sympathise with all Nigerians on account of the pains being experienced due to the impact of the removal of the fuel subsidy, and will continue to compel the Executive to expedite measures to alleviate the pains.