On Wednesday, Rep. Akin Rotimi, who is in charge of the House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, strongly denied the claims made by Mr. Christopher Onyeka, the National Assistant General Secretary of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), regarding the alleged distribution of N100 million as palliative aid to each member of the House of Representatives.
Rotimi emphatically declared that Mr. Onyeka’s assertions were unfounded and lacked factual accuracy, underscoring the importance of transparency and truth in public discourse for a thriving democracy. He raised doubts about whether Mr. Onyeka was conveying the official stance of the NLC on this matter but stressed the need to correct the misinformation.
Rotimi stated unequivocally that National Assembly members never received any funds from the executive branch as palliatives. He characterized Mr. Onyeka’s statement as malicious, irresponsible, and made in bad faith. He expressed deep disappointment that Mr. Onyeka would misrepresent facts in an attempt to support valid NLC demands while disparaging the National Assembly and inciting public mistrust.
“We state categorically that Onyeka lied in his claim that National Assembly members were given N100m as palliative.
The House of Representatives called for an immediate retraction of Mr. Onyeka’s false claims and demanded a public apology from the NLC. Rotimi emphasized the NLC’s vital role in Nigeria’s development but cautioned against including fictitious elements in their legitimate demands, which could undermine their credibility.
“The NLC as a critical stakeholder in the development of Nigeria has a voice and it risks delegitimising that voice if it is found to include fables in its legitimate agitations.
Furthermore, Rotimi reminded the NLC and all Nigerians that the 10th Assembly, within its first 100 days, had demonstrated its commitment to the welfare of Nigerian workers and citizens. The House swiftly addressed the executive’s request for funds for palliatives, among other measures. Rotimi also noted that the House consistently advocated for the timely and effective distribution of palliatives to vulnerable Nigerians and supported the call for a minimum wage review.
“We wish to remind the NLC and indeed all Nigerians that in less than 100 days in the tenure of the 10th Assembly, we have demonstrated our commitment to the welfare of Nigerian workers and all Nigerians.
“In addition to other measures, the House of Reps speedily carried out requisite legislative action on the executive arm of government’s request for approval of funds for palliatives for Nigerians, ” he said.
Rotimi concluded by urging the NLC to view the National Assembly as partners rather than adversaries in the pursuit of the common good. The House of Representatives remained dedicated to advancing the well-being of Nigerians, particularly those affected by the removal of the fuel subsidy.