Hon. Okorie Berates NASS On Delayed Resumption
A former House of Representatives member Hon Linus Okorie has called on the management of the National Assembly NASS to rescind the announced postponement of resumption date and stick to the scheduled September 15, 2020 date to enable them deliberate on the fuel and electricity price increase.
Hon Okorie who represented Ohaozara/Onicha/Ivo OHANAIVO Federal Constituency said that one had expected an emergency summoning of both chambers back from recess to address the two vexed issues as in the 2012 example.
According to him; “whatever the reasons for the postponement may be, at this time of fuel and electricity price increases is to say the least anti-people. To now push forward the prior scheduled resumption by two weeks, in the midst of various threats of mass protest by different groups and stakeholders is very insensitive”.
“The NASS should not lose its cardinal role as the voice and mirror of the wishes of the people. I am calling on the leadership of both chambers and NASS management to rescind the announced postponement of resumption and stick to the scheduled September 15, 2020 date”.
“I also expect that since they have unfortunately failed to cut short the recess, they should resume and address the very urgent issues of fuel price increase (deregulation) and electricity tariff increase”.
Hon Okorie urged the present NASS not to adopt the ostrich approach to the pains and suffering of the Nigerian masses, whose voice they represent. Doing so, would leave them with a collective legacy of failure, the caliber of which has yet to be witnessed in our political history”.
“I also call on other members of the 9th NASS to speak up and demand their leadership to adhere to the previous resumption date so they can respectively speak for and in protection of their constituents. Nigerians needs all of them to stand up for them at critical point of need”.