Fuel Price, Insecurity Top Agenda As National Assembly Resumes Today

The National Assembly upon its resumption today (Tuesday) will focus on the hikes in electricity tariff and petrol price.

It was gathered that both chambers would start considering the Medium Term Expenditure Framework and the Petroleum Industry Bill as well as debate the worsening insecurity in the country.

Other issues that will attract the attention of the lawmakers include the controversial water bill and the Companies and Allied Matters Act which has been opposed by the groups including the Christian Association of Nigeria.

A principal officer, on condition of anonymity, said that the Senate would receive briefings from its relevant committees on power and petroleum resources.

The National Assembly had on July 23 adjourned plenary till September 15 to enable members to go on their annual eight weeks vacation.

Shortly before September 15, both chambers shifted their resumption date to September 29, without giving reasons for the postponement.

The Senator said that the recent hikes in the electricity and fuel prices would be debated.

Meanwhile, the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, is expected to communicate the transmission of the PIB to his colleagues at plenary.

Also, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Finance, Senator Solomon Adeola, is expected to submit his panel’s report on the 2021-2023 MTEF and Fiscal Strategy Paper on resumption of plenary this week.

The consideration of the report and its approval will determine the presentation of the 2021 budget by President Muhammadu Buhari to the National Assembly in October.

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