The House of Representatives recently found itself entangled in a web of controversy following claims made by the National Assistant General Secretary of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Mr. Christopher Onyeka.
In his statement, Mr. Onyeka alleged that the Executive arm had disbursed a hefty sum of N100 million as palliatives to the members of the National Assembly.
However, the House of Representatives swiftly responded to these allegations, vehemently denying any such transaction.
Touchaheart Nigeria the intricacies of this dispute and provide clarity on the matter.
The House’s Rebuttal
Akin Rotimi, the spokesperson for the House, stepped forward to clarify the situation.
He emphasized that Mr. Onyeka’s claims lacked factual accuracy and were devoid of truth.
In a statement, Rotimi highlighted the importance of transparency and truth in public discourse, especially in a democratic society.
He firmly stated, “First, we state categorically that Mr. Onyeka lied in his claim that National Assembly members were given N100m as palliatives.”
“For the avoidance of doubt, at no time did Members of the House of Representatives receive any money from the Executive arm as palliatives. ”
“We, therefore, consider this statement as malicious, irresponsible and in bad faith.”
Calls for Retraction and Apology
In response to these allegations, the House of Representatives demanded an immediate retraction of Mr. Onyeka’s statement and a public apology from the Nigeria Labour Congress.
The House saw these actions as crucial to maintaining the integrity of the NLC’s voice and its role as a significant stakeholder in Nigeria’s development.
Rotimi expressed concerns that such baseless accusations could undermine the NLC’s legitimate demands and tarnish the reputation of the National Assembly.
The House’s Commitment to the People
Rotimi also shed light on the House of Representatives’ commitment to the welfare of Nigerian workers and citizens.
He highlighted the swift legislative actions taken to approve funds for palliatives and the continuous advocacy for an immediate minimum wage review.
Rotimi invited the NLC to view the National Assembly as a partner rather than an adversary and reassured Nigerians of the Assembly’s dedication to advancing the wellbeing of its constituents.
Navigating the Challenges Ahead
The House of Representatives empathized with all Nigerians who were facing hardships due to the removal of the fuel subsidy.
They pledged to continue pressing the Executive to expedite measures to alleviate these pains and to collaborate with all stakeholders to rebuild the nation, ensuring that no Nigerian is left behind.
In a time when the nation is grappling with economic challenges and the need for collective efforts, it is imperative to separate fact from fiction.
The House of Representatives, in denying the allegations of receiving N100 million as palliatives, has underscored the importance of accurate information and responsible public discourse.
As Nigeria strives for progress, collaboration among its institutions remains pivotal in addressing the needs of its citizens and achieving shared goals.