The Senate has said Nigerians should not panic over the speculated move by the senate to increase the pump price of petroleum by N5, saying such has not been discussed on the floor of the Senate.
Speaking with Leadership in an exclusive interview at his residence in Abuja, Senator Kabiru Gaya, Chairman Senate Committee on Works, said the whole information about the Road Fund Bill proposed by his committee was misinterpreted and those speculating it are creating negative perception in the hearts of the good people of Nigeria against the Senate.
He said it is clear that some people are out to make mountains out of mole hills, adding that it was an attempt aimed at denting his image and that of the government of President Muhammadu Buhari.
According to Senator Gaya, “people are complaining because they don’t know the challenges before members of senate Committee on Works. We have a lot of work to do because there are about 34 projects that were not included in the 2016 budget but we make sure that they are now included in the 2017 budget.
They were in 2016 budget but were shortchanged and the government of President Buhari approved these jobs but they were not in the contracts in the budget. So we said there is no way the executive council will approve a project and it’s been announced and it is not included in the budget.
So, the Committee of works said, these projects should be included and we commended the Senate President and the Speaker of the House who ensured that those projects are included in the budget.”
He reiterated that the efforts put in place by his committee, the leadership of the National Assembly and that of president Buhari should be commended.