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Senate approves Tinubu’s N500bn request for palliatives


Senate approves Tinubu’s N500bn request for palliatives

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Senate, on Thursday, approved a request by President Bola Tinubu to appropriate N500 billion for palliatives to cushion the effects of the removal of the petrol subsidy on Nigerians.

The approval came some hours after the house of representatives agreed to the request.

Tinubu had asked the National Assembly for the provision and the upper legislative chamber granted the request after amending the 2022 Supplementary Appropriation Act.

The N500 billion will be taken from the N819 billion Supplementary Appropriation Act.

Just like in the House of Representatives, the Senate gave the motion sponsored by Opeyemi Bamidele, majority leader, accelerated passage.

One of the motions moved by the majority leader was to suspend relevant standing rules of the Senate to enable the red chamber to give accelerated approval to the request.

While considering clauses of the bill in the “committee of the whole”, the Senate approved N185 billion for the Federal Ministry of Works “to alleviate the impact of the flooding experienced in 2022 on road infrastructure across the six geo-political zones”.

Senate also approved N35 billion for the National Judicial Council (NJC), and N19.2 billion for the Federal Ministry of Agriculture to “ameliorate the massive destruction to farmlands across the country during the severe flooding” in 2022.

It also approved N10 billion for the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) for “critical projects”.