The Senate, while sympathizing with Nigerians over the hardship caused by the increase in the price of petrol, however, urged government to swiftly begin implementation of palliatives contained in the 2016 Appropriation Act passed by the National Assembly in the overall interest of Nigerians. The Senate also asked Buhari’s government not to relent in its continued dialogue with organised labour and other stakeholders as a way of resolving issues around the increase to avoid grounding the system as well as impose more hardship on the people.
Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, who presided over Tuesday’s plenary, said: “The Senate in a closed session deliberated on the increase in the pump price of PMS by the Federal Government and the threats by Organised Labour to embark on a nationwide strike over the matter and resolved as follows: That we sympathise with ordinary people of Nigeria on the hardships they are going through. The Senate will engage the Federal Government to find sustainable ways of improving the welfare of the people of Nigeria. That we call on government to continue to engage organised labour and other stakeholders to resolve issues in order not to ground the system and impose more hardships on our people. That government should immediately start to implement palliatives or palliative measures contained in the 2016 appropriation act passed by the National Assembly.”