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Subsidy removal : Reps to convene emergency session on Sunday

Abuja – (NAN) The House of Representatives on Friday said that it would convene an emergency session on Jan. 8 to deliberate on the removal of subsidy on Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), also known as petrol.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) on Jan. 1, announced the removal of subsidy on petrol.

Rep. Isaka Bawa (PDP-Taraba), the Chief Whip of the House, who made the announcement in Abuja on Friday at a media briefing, said that the emergency sitting was at  the request of the leaders of the various political parties in the House.

”The speaker has directed that all members should resume at 3 p.m. in accordance with Order 5 (18) (2) of the House standing rules.”

Bawa maintained that as representatives of the people, the legislators could not sit at a distance while the nation was  engulfed in serious trouble.

He said that the House might equally deliberate on the emergency rule declared in 15 Local Government Areas in Niger, Plateau, Yobe and Borno states by President Goodluck Jonathan.

”We have only Sunday and we are giving a 24 hour notice to our members to be at the chamber by Sunday.

”We will look at the dimension of the issue of subsidy removal announced by the Federal Government on Jan. 1.

”We want to look at the emergency rule in some parts of the country which was equally declared by the President.”

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the House was originally scheduled to reconvene on Jan. 10 from the Christmas break


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