The House of Representatives has firmly rejected allegations that its members received N100 million each as palliatives from the Federal Government. Reps spokesman Akin Rotimi issued a statement to counter the assertion made by Christopher Onyeka, the Assistant General Secretary of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC).
In the statement, Rotimi described Onyeka’s claim as groundless and demanded an immediate retraction and public apology from the NLC. He emphasized the importance of transparency and truth in public discourse for a functioning democracy.
Rotimi 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.”
He went on to express disappointment in Onyeka’s misrepresentation of facts to support the NLC’s legitimate demands while attempting to discredit the National Assembly and incite the public against it.
In conclusion, Rotimi reiterated the House of Representatives’ demand for a retraction of the false claim and a public apology from the Nigeria Labour Congress, emphasizing the NLC’s role as a critical stakeholder in the country’s development. He also highlighted the Assembly’s commitment to the welfare of Nigerian workers and all citizens during its tenure.