Reps Approves N500 Billion for Palliatives as Senate Confirms Service Chiefs

Reps Approves N500 Billion for Palliatives as Senate Confirms Service Chiefs

The cooperation between the executive and the legislature arms of government blossomed on Thursday when the House of Representatives speedily approved the N500 billion budget alteration as requested by President Bola Tinubu for the provision of palliatives to mitigate the impact of petroleum subsidy removal on Nigerians. The House, amended the 2022 Supplementary Appropriations Act

The cooperation between the executive and the legislature arms of government blossomed on Thursday when the House of Representatives speedily approved the N500 billion budget alteration as requested by President Bola Tinubu for the provision of palliatives to mitigate the impact of petroleum subsidy removal on Nigerians. The House, amended the 2022 Supplementary Appropriations Act to accommodate the president’s request.

President Tinubu had in a letter on Wednesday, asked the National Assembly to amend the 2022 Supplementary Appropriations Act by extracting N500 billion to provide palliatives. The House of Representatives considered the amendment bill and passed it on Thursday.

In the same spirit, the Senate on Thursday at plenary confirmed the appointment of Service Chiefs, nominated by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu. The confirmation was sequel to the consideration and approval of a motion brought by Senate Majority leader, Senator Bamidele Opeyemi on the confirmation of the shortlisted service chiefs.

Confirmed were Major General Christopher Musa was confirmed as the Chief of Defense Staff; Major General Taoreed Lagbaja, was confirmed as the Chief of Army Staff;Rear Admiral Emmanuel Ogalla as the chief of naval staff and Air Vice Marshal Hassan Abubakar as the Chief of Air Staff.

Before their confirmation, the Senate suspended its Order 1b and rule 1b, to make provision for the admittance of strangers into its chamber. Those admitted into the chamber included the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Abdullahi Gumel, the nominated service chiefs and others.

Shortly after, the service chiefs took turn to explain their career profiles and professional experiences, before the senate dissolved into a closed session that lasted three hours for screening of the nominees.

Earlier, Major General Musa pledged the commitment of the armed forces to serve Nigerians in line with the dictates of the Constitution. He said his nomination was an opportunity to bring his vast experiences to bear for the security, protection of lives and properties of Nigerians. He pledged to do his best to justify the confidence reposed in him.

Rear Admiral Ogalla said he would put in his best to upgrade the standard he met, assuring Nigerians that he was fully prepared for the job. According to him, he will improve existing strategies and develop new ones to secure the nation’s maritime waters.

Rear Admiral Ogalla said he would collaborate with other services to secure the nation’s waterways, adding that he would initiate continuous monitoring and surveillance to achieve maximum result.

Air Vice Marshall Abubakar said he would mobilise the nation’s air power to ensure peace and security of the country, in line with the aspiration of the president. He commended the efforts of previous leaders of the Air Force, but said a lot more needs to be done to revamp the fighting capabilities of the Nigerian Air Force.

Also on Thursday, the upper legislative chamber, the Senate, received a similar letter from President Tinubu asking it to grant him the permission to remove N500 billion from the 2022 supplementary appropriation law to fund provision of palliatives to Nigerians.

Senate President Godswill Akpabio read the letter during plenary. The supplementary budget of N819, 536, 927, 815 was introduced by former President Muhammadu Buhari in 2022 for capital projects due to the impact of the floods on farmlands and road infrastructure. The life span of the budget has since been extended till 31 December.

President Tinubu in the letter to the Senate noted that the removal of the N500 billion to fund provision of palliatives is “necessary.” His words: “I write to request the approval of the Senate for the amendment of the 2022 supplementary appropriation act in accordance with the attached.

“The request has become necessary in order to among other things source the funds necessary to provide palliatives to mitigate the effects of the recent removal of fuel subsidy on Nigerians .

“The sum of 500 billion naira has been extracted from the 2022 supplementary appropriation act of 819, 536, 927,815 for the provision of palliatives to Nigerians to cushion the effects of fuel subsidy removal.

“While I hope that the Senate will consider this request expeditiously, please, accept Distinguish Senate President and members, the assurance of my highest considerations.”

President Tinubu, had during a meeting with 18 former governors, who served with him, Class of 1999, pleaded for patience and understanding from Nigerians for the hardship removal of fuel subsidy may have inflicted.

He appealed for more patience from Nigerians, while the government will increase effort, speed up the process and ensure a full-proof social security structure that will not be compromised, especially in cash-transfer.

“I understand that our people are suffering yet there can be no childbirth without pain. The joy of childbirth is the relief that comes after the pain. Nigeria is reborn already with fuel subsidy removal. It is a rebirth of the country for the largest number over a few smugglers. “Please tell the people to be a little patient.

The palliative is coming. I don’t want cash-transfer to fall into wrong hands. I know it pinches and it is difficult. In the end, we will rejoice in the prosperity of our country,’’ he told the governors, who were led by former Governor of Edo State, Lucky Igbinedion.

“We served as governors and sat in this Council Chamber. All I wanted was democracy and the salvation of the country. I never thought I was going to be here as President, but God Almighty has brought me,’’ President Tinubu stated.

The President assured the governors and Nigerians that he will work towards “unity, equity, stability, and prosperity of the country’’.

“My commitment to that democratic value is unwavering. I am overwhelmed and honored by the numbers of you here,’’ he said, “I have an open door policy. You are my advisers. We went into the pond and wrestled with a pig. We got dirty, and cleaned up. That is why I am here today.’’

President Tinubu noted that the country will not make meaningful progress without fixing electricity, assuring that his administration will harness gas resources, and explore every opportunity to ensure stable power generation and supply.

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