By Emmanuel Adeleke
The House of Representatives has amended the 2022 supplementary appropriation act and approved President Bola Tinubu’s N500 billion request to provide palliatives for Nigerians following the removal of petrol subsidy.
The amendment came less than 24 hours after Tinubu’s request and was speedily taken through 1st and 2nd reading, which according to the lawmakers was in line with the need to urgently cushion the effect of removal of subsidy.
The lawmakers took turns to commend the president for taking a bold step to remove fuel subsidy, urging him to ensure judicious use of the funds as requested.
House Leader, Hon Julius Ihonvbare, who presented the request to members for debate, said the country has a president who listens to the yearning of the people.
Minority Leader, Hon Kingsley Chinda, however said the proper yardstick to measure a government is whether it is responsible and responsive.