By Emman Ovuakporie and Johnbosco Agbakwuru
ABUJA – THE House of Representatives was Thursday divided between the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP over a motion calling on the government to exercise restraint in the removal of fuel subsidy.
The motion sponsored by Rep Albert Adeogun representing Ife Federal Constituency of Osun State on the platform of the PDP titled, ‘alleged plan to remove fuel subsidy’ had urged the government to be cautious in the removal of subsidy and also introduce a less restrictive and stringent conditions for the setting up of refineries in the country.
He also called on the Federal Government to fast track the repairs of the refineries to enhance local production of petroleum products as this will eliminate the need for subsidy or reduce it to the barest minimum.
But before he could finished presenting the motion and the prayers, his colleagues from the APC started booing him and shouting on top of their voices, ‘no’ and ‘kill it’.
But not deterred with the opposition from the APC, Rep Adeogun insisted that the removal of subsidy would lead to the scarcity of petroleum products, trigger a rise in transportation costs and and cause untold hardship to Nigerians.
According to him, “Subsidy on petroleum products was introduced in Nigeria as a palliative measure to ease the sufferings of Nigerians whose livelihood are largely dependent on the use of petroleum products.