Economy, Energy & Transport, General

Lawmakers Block Kachikwu From Chamber, As Hot Session At House Of Reps Held Over Subsidy Removal

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Minister of petroleum Kachikwu

The special session of the House of Representatives slated for Monday afternoon (today) for the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, to interact with lawmakers has been stalled following opposition by some opposition lawmakers.

A rowdy session ensued after a motion was moved that Mr. Kachikwu be admitted to the chamber for the special session, scheduled for noon.

Members belonging to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party held several Nigerian flags, chanting anti-government slogans, and insisting that Mr. Kachikwu should not be admitted to the chamber.

“All we are saying is save Nigeria,” the opposition lawmakers chanted, just as House Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila, was moving a motion for Mr. Kachikwu’s admittance to the House.

The Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, was eventually able to restore order at 12:43 p.m.

The Minority Leader, Leo Ogor, thereafter moved that the House dissolve into a closed-door session “to resolve pending controversial issues.”

The House then went into executive session.

The lawmakers had invited the oil minister to explain the rationale for the new fuel pricing and supply framework introduced by government last week.

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