Plan to hike electricity tariff, reason behind let the poor breathe comment - NASS

Plan to hike electricity tariff, reason behind ‘Let The Poor Breathe’ comment – NASS

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Let The Poor Breathe – In a recent plenary session on July 26, 2023, Senator Akintunde Abiodun passionately addressed the Senate, urging them to halt the proposed electricity tariff hike, citing the hardships faced by ordinary Nigerians due to the prevailing economic situation in the country.Plan to hike electricity tariff, reason behind let the poor breathe comment - NASS

His emotional plea culminated in a trending comment, “Let The People Breathe.”

However, the comment made by President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio, became the center of attention as it sparked outrage and misunderstanding among the public.

The comment, which was reported by various media outlets, was initially misinterpreted as insensitive, making light of the struggles faced by the poor.

In response to the uproar, the Media Unit of the Office of the President of the Senate issued a statement to clarify the intentions behind the remark.

The statement emphasized that all matters discussed during Senate sessions are treated with the utmost importance and seriousness by President Akpabio and his colleagues.

The primary focus of the current National Assembly, under the leadership of Senator Akpabio, is to implement effective and well-structured policies that genuinely benefit the people.

The Senate President has repeatedly assured Nigerians that the current Senate is dedicated to working for the welfare of all citizens.

The intention behind the “Let The People Breathe” comment was not to belittle the hardships faced by Nigerians during this critical economic juncture.

Instead, it was a resolute rejection of any plans to increase electricity tariffs, taking into account the ongoing challenges faced by the citizens, the statement claimed.

According to the statement, President Akpabio expressed deep empathy for Nigerians and affirmed that he has never considered the current economic crisis as a matter of jest.Plan to hike electricity tariff, reason for 'Let the people breathe' - NASS

His unwavering commitment lies in serving the best interests of the Nigerian people.

The statement further emphasized that the Senate’s priority is to bring relief and succor to all citizens, easing the current hardships and pains experienced by Nigerians.

This commitment is evident in the release of the ministerial list and the subsequent screening and swearing-in of the appointed officials.

As the nation awaits the actions of the newly appointed ministers, there is a glimmer of hope that their efforts will address the challenges and alleviate the burdens faced by ordinary Nigerians, the statement concluded.

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