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Fuel price hike: ‘National Assembly not proactive enough’

By paladin1995 • 2 weeks ago • 5971 views • 728 comments


Former Deputy Chairman, Media and Public Affairs in the House of Representatives (2011 to 2015), Victor Afam Ogene spoke to reporters in Abuja on the recent hike in the price of premium motor spirit (PMS), among other issues. Ogene who is currently the Chairman, Network for Best Practice and Integrity in Leadership (NEBPRIL), a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), decried the lukewarm attitude of the National Assembly towards the matter.

 

Many Nigerians are worried over the silence of the National Assembly in the midst of several hikes, especially fuel and electricity. What’s your take on this?

As you have observed – perhaps rightly – there appears to be a conspiracy of silence swirling over the landscape; making me wonder if even for me, conventional wisdom doesn’t demand that I hold my peace.

Having said this; let me say that like many Nigerians, I’m appalled by the seeming nonchalant vibes emanating from the National Assembly. In fact, a simple Google search of the word, ‘democracy’ will return a definition which describes the term as, ‘a system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives’.

Mark my words: elected representatives! This, to my mind and understanding, connotes the ever-present role of the legislature in the lives of the people, especially under a democracy.

Now, the issue that arises therefrom is, why then the loud silence of the legislature at these times of grave national challenges?

You talked about increases in fuel and electricity charges, right? But I can go further to vouchsafe that in addition to these two, the National Assembly as an institution, and its senators and House of Representatives members are not known to have provided any form of clarity to the contentious Companies and Allied Matters (Amendment) Act and the proposed National Water Bill.






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