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Petrol Price Hike, Water Resources Bills Test Senate’s Representation Role by adenigga(m): 6:06am On Sep 12
• Lawmakers Seek Open Debate On Contentious National Issues
As it resumes from a two-month end of session recess on Tuesday, September 15, the Senate is under immense pressure to demonstrate its parliamentary role of representation, particularly on critical issues that pitch the Federal Government against the people.
Agitations against the contentious Water Resources Bill, Hate Speech Bill, CAMA law, among others, as well as the recent hike in the price of petrol at a time electricity tariff was increased by over 300 per cent, have called the representational role of lawmakers in the National Assembly to question.

In parliamentary parlance, it is settled that in fulfilling the functions of lawmaking and oversight, parliamentarians must at all times represent those that elected them in principles and in deeds. And many believe that for a parliament to maintain legitimacy, it is critical that accountability to voters should take place systematically throughout the parliamentary term, rather than just at election time.

The Ahmad Lawan leadership, it was learned, is at the moment being put on the edge to allow a full debate on some critical national issues with a view to determining their acceptability by Nigerians.

A survey across several political and geographic caucuses in the Senate showed that the recent hike in the price of petrol and increase of electricity tariff, the controversial Water Resources Bill, as well as the much-criticised Hate Speech Bill and CAMA law, are among issues that would attract immediate attention.

Senate spokesman, Ajibola Basiru, and many other prominent lawmakers contacted, believe the senate would not shy away from addressing the issues, particularly to the satisfaction of Nigerians.

However, the agitations among senators for the convening of an emergency session might have been shelved following spirited efforts said to have been made by the leadership to persuade lawmakers against it.

A lawmaker in a key northwest state disclosed that because the timing of the emergency session was become close to the September 15 resumption of plenary, superior reasoning had prevailed and the decision among the majority of lawmakers was that every agitation is put on hold until the plenary is opened on Tuesday.

Similarly, a world press conference being planned by opposition lawmakers had been put off. The office of the Minority Leader of the Senate, Enyinnaya Abaribe, believes that at plenary on Tuesday, the contentious issues would be best addressed.

On the petrol price hike, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Sports, Obinna Ogba, could not wait for Tuesday plenary to announce his opposition.

He said the increases in electricity tariff and fuel price at a time the economy was yet to recover from the deadly effects of COVID-19 showed that the government is highly insensitive.

According to him: “The country and indeed the whole world is facing a serious problem right now because of the coronavirus pandemic. Therefore, these increases are not good at all. They are adding salt to injury.

“The government is just showing insensitivity to the plights of Nigerians because by increasing the pump price of petrol and electricity tariff, the suffering of the people will become worse. The whole thing is not funny at all.

“You cannot put the blame on the agencies, because there is no way any of the agencies can increase the price of its commodity or service without first getting directive from the leadership of the country.”

Another lawmaker disclosed that many senators had received serious complaints from their constituencies against the abrupt increase in the price of petrol and an increase in electricity tariff.

“I can tell you that legislators are more worried about these price increases because we are closer to the people and many lawmakers have been put under serious pressure by their constituents.

“That is the more reason the executive arm ought to have consulted and listened to us before embarking on this painful exercise,” he added.

The Water Resources Bill, which had put the senate under pressure since it went on holiday, would eventually be laid bare shortly after the plenary is opened.

A principal officer of the chamber said it is better to allow debate on the Bill and many other controversial Bills than keeping them.

The Water Resources Bill is attracting serious criticism, because, among others, it seeks to put the use of all waters, rivers, their banks, and their resources under the control of the Federal Government, at a time many are calling for restructuring, true federalism, and devolution of power from the centre to the states.

The proposed law, first sent to the parliament by the executive in the 8th National Assembly, was passed by the House of Representatives, but the Dr. Bukola Saraki-led senate put it abeyance because of heated criticism against it.

However, incumbent President of the Senate, Lawan, opened the wave of controversy when he openly declared that the Bill would be passed by the 9th National Assembly, adding that the mischief by critics was why it failed to pass in the last senate.

The Bill is a consolidation of existing laws, such as the Water Resources Act 2004; National Water Resources Institute Act; River Basin Development Authorities Act, and the Nigeria Hydrological Services Act.

https://t.guardian.ng/news/petrol-price-hike-water-resources-bills-others-test-senates-representation-role/

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Re: Petrol Price Hike, Water Resources Bills Test Senate’s Representation Role by MANNABBQGRILLS: 7:00am On Sep 12
This is not the time to increase fuel price in our darling nation at all.

Not with all that is going on around the world, pandemic et al,
When people are finding it difficult to survive.

This is part of the same reason we voted out the party of thieves and criminals.

THIS IS NOT THE CHANGE WE VOTED FOR.


The same way we sane, honest and hardworking Nigerians praised this government when they reduced fuel price sometimes ago, we should make sure we put our voice together to castigate and talk against this.

That is the voice the government will listen to,
Not the voice of children of hate, frustration and perdition that have never seen any good thing in our country,
That all they do is to wail continously in life.
They even wailed when the price was reduced.
They have been wailing since PMB won the election, even before swearing in!
They are not wailing for the common man like (Omotola) and all other sane and honest people are doing, but they are wailing in pain that the corrupt money being shared to them by the losers they support is not forthcoming anymore.
They have been so used to corruption, they see it as a way of life.
That is what we stand against.

WE SAY NO TO FUEL PRICE INCREASE.
A better Nigeria for all is all we want.

allthingsgood:
They are just playing to the gallery

When u said u want deregulation what did u think will happen. Nigerians should stop being stupid. Govt didn't increase price, what u are paying is the actual price without subsidy or regulation
You may have some good and salient points here sir,
But, the timing is not just right at all
Not in this pandemic time.

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Re: Petrol Price Hike, Water Resources Bills Test Senate’s Representation Role by Kingbenn(m): 7:00am On Sep 12
Guy how far now?? You stole my FTC embarassed. Honestly I'm tired of this country, the matter don weak everything in me. God why did you put me here
Re: Petrol Price Hike, Water Resources Bills Test Senate’s Representation Role by Deborah98(f): 7:01am On Sep 12
To the following I say no...
1)No to unemployment and joblessness
2)No to bad roads and abandoned projects
3)No to dilapidated hospital buildings in our rural areas
4)No to public harassments,bully,unlawful snatching of peoples properties etc by the Nigerian police force all in the name of catching Yahoo boys
5)No to fuel price increase and increment in electricity tarrifs
6)No to rape and sexual assault
7)No to increase in food stuffs,a bag of rice is now#32,000
coolNo to using our youths as thugs and instruments of war and blood shed
9)No to what again sef,No to our poor education system...
10)No to slashing of workers salaries on monthly basis and even refusal to pay them in time...
11)No to the ill treatment given to our pensioners,using thugs to harass them and refusing to pay them their money,did they not work for it undecided
12) someone should continue from where I stopped....

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Re: Petrol Price Hike, Water Resources Bills Test Senate’s Representation Role by ProfAmaben: 7:01am On Sep 12
Nigeria was set-up in such a way that nothing works properly. Who can identify one sector (govt.) that functions optimally in Nigeria?

Senate, Military, Police grin, Nscdc (shooting and killing innocent Nigerians) , DSS, SARS, Fire service grin, MDAs, NASRDA, NSITF, CBN, etc. If you look closely, all are headed by people from one region.

Nigeria shall be great one day (although I doubt)

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Re: Petrol Price Hike, Water Resources Bills Test Senate’s Representation Role by wonuks(m): 7:02am On Sep 12
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Re: Petrol Price Hike, Water Resources Bills Test Senate’s Representation Role by manuelreports: 7:02am On Sep 12
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Re: Petrol Price Hike, Water Resources Bills Test Senate’s Representation Role by Slawormir: 7:02am On Sep 12
Damnnnnn niggarrr
Isoright
No to increase in price of electricity

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Re: Petrol Price Hike, Water Resources Bills Test Senate’s Representation Role by bcomputer101(m): 7:02am On Sep 12
Rubber stamp senators...
Mtchew.....


By the time Buhari is done with Nigerians, Abacha will look like a saint to us.


It will take the grace of God for us to have a president with kind heart like Goodluck Jonathan

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Re: Petrol Price Hike, Water Resources Bills Test Senate’s Representation Role by MANNABBQGRILLS: 7:02am On Sep 12
Deborah98:
Following
Please, Sister Deborah,
Follow us to SAY NO TO FUEL PRICE INCREMENT pleaseeeee...

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Re: Petrol Price Hike, Water Resources Bills Test Senate’s Representation Role by vhuqnl(m): 7:02am On Sep 12
Nigerians are docile. You all deserve what you get. Keep praying and paying tithe to the pastorprenures.

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Re: Petrol Price Hike, Water Resources Bills Test Senate’s Representation Role by landforeast: 7:02am On Sep 12
F

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Re: Petrol Price Hike, Water Resources Bills Test Senate’s Representation Role by vhuqnl(m): 7:03am On Sep 12
MANNABBQGRILLS get a life man. Stop spamming Nairaland.
BMC 30k

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Re: Petrol Price Hike, Water Resources Bills Test Senate’s Representation Role by azmanaty02: 7:03am On Sep 12
Rubber stamp senate u mean undecided
Re: Petrol Price Hike, Water Resources Bills Test Senate’s Representation Role by Matrimonous: 7:03am On Sep 12
For me, deregulation is the way to go, even if it once again facilitates the financial growth of Dangote.
Re: Petrol Price Hike, Water Resources Bills Test Senate’s Representation Role by CodeTemplar: 7:04am On Sep 12
People that laws don't affect.

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Re: Petrol Price Hike, Water Resources Bills Test Senate’s Representation Role by money121(m): 7:04am On Sep 12
Ok
Re: Petrol Price Hike, Water Resources Bills Test Senate’s Representation Role by heykims(m): 7:06am On Sep 12
Las las na so tori tori dem go tell us.
Re: Petrol Price Hike, Water Resources Bills Test Senate’s Representation Role by helinues: 7:06am On Sep 12
cheesy

The funniest part, their disappointment won't come from a particular region, tribe or religion.

Those laws won't affect them at least for this government cos na our yams go suffer am.

They have been repeating Simi's song to us long time

' I dun care'

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Re: Petrol Price Hike, Water Resources Bills Test Senate’s Representation Role by Nawaaoh: 7:06am On Sep 12
VIDEO: Two women were caught fighting in a very dirty pond over a man.

What a shame!!

Watch the video through the link and share your thoughts

https://www.mazechmedia.com/2020/09/video-two-nigerian-women-spotted-fighting-in-a-dirty-pond/

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Re: Petrol Price Hike, Water Resources Bills Test Senate’s Representation Role by olatade(m): 7:08am On Sep 12
And the lazy youths are busy arguing and insulting themselves over big brother. smh

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Re: Petrol Price Hike, Water Resources Bills Test Senate’s Representation Role by Bshowguy(m): 7:08am On Sep 12
May God deliver us

Buy Gas Oven just for 12500 only

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Re: Petrol Price Hike, Water Resources Bills Test Senate’s Representation Role by anonimi: 7:10am On Sep 12
MANNABBQGRILLS:
This is not the time to increase fuel price in our darling nation at all.

Not with all that is going on around the world, pandemic et al,
When people are finding it difficult to survive.

This is part of the same reason we voted out the party of thieves and criminals.

THIS IS NOT THE CHANGE WE VOTED FOR.


The same way we sane, honest and hardworking Nigerians praised this government when they reduced fuel price sometimes ago, we should make sure we put our voice together to castigate and talk against this.

That is the voice the government will listen to,
Not the voice of children of hate, frustration and perdition that have never seen any good thing in our country,
That all they do is to wail continously in life.
They even wailed when the price was reduced.
They have been wailing since PMB won the election, even before swearing in!
They are not wailing for the common man like (Omotola) and all other sane and honest people are doing, but they are wailing in pain that the corrupt money being shared to them by the losers they support is not forthcoming anymore.
They have been so used to corruption, they see it as a way of life.
That is what we stand against.

WE SAY NO TO FUEL PRICE INCREASE.
A better Nigeria for all is all we want.

Enjoy the monster you created in Aso Rock grin

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Re: Petrol Price Hike, Water Resources Bills Test Senate’s Representation Role by Okuda(m): 7:10am On Sep 12
MANNABBQGRILLS:
This is not the time to increase fuel price in our darling nation at all.

Not with all that is going on around the world, pandemic et al,
When people are finding it difficult to survive.

This is part of the same reason we voted out the party of thieves and criminals.

THIS IS NOT THE CHANGE WE VOTED FOR.


The same way we sane, honest and hardworking Nigerians praised this government when they reduced fuel price sometimes ago, we should make sure we put our voice together to castigate and talk against this.

That is the voice the government will listen to,
Not the voice of children of hate, frustration and perdition that have never seen any good thing in our country,
That all they do is to wail continously in life.
They even wailed when the price was reduced.
They have been wailing since PMB won the election, even before swearing in!
They are not wailing for the common man like (Omotola) and all other sane and honest people are doing, but they are wailing in pain that the corrupt money being shared to them by the losers they support is not forthcoming anymore.
They have been so used to corruption, they see it as a way of life.
That is what we stand against.

WE SAY NO TO FUEL PRICE INCREASE.
A better Nigeria for all is all we want.

lol. this man. anytime you see anything that tells badly on the govt you are supporting is when you would be writing motivational speechh up and down so that people would say you are objective even while supporting your "darling president" a phrase you forgot to add on this writeup. no worry e go reach all of una. loooool

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Re: Petrol Price Hike, Water Resources Bills Test Senate’s Representation Role by anonimi: 7:10am On Sep 12
heykims:
Las las na so tori tori dem go tell us.

Because you are happy with the stories.






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Re: Petrol Price Hike, Water Resources Bills Test Senate’s Representation Role by Freestainworld(m): 7:10am On Sep 12
Bshowguy:
May God deliver us

Buy Gas Oven just for 12500 only
which part of the country are you staying?

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Re: Petrol Price Hike, Water Resources Bills Test Senate’s Representation Role by Felajack: 7:11am On Sep 12
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Re: Petrol Price Hike, Water Resources Bills Test Senate’s Representation Role by OBTMOS(m): 7:11am On Sep 12
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Re: Petrol Price Hike, Water Resources Bills Test Senate’s Representation Role by ReluctantAdult(m): 7:11am On Sep 12
When the represented aren't asking them questions and lighting up their asses, what's the point? The so-called senators and reps can't be bothered with representation so long as they're getting their pay.

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