The Nigerian Senate has urged the Federal Government to dialogue with oil marketers with a view to bringing an end to the issue of subsidy payment.
The upper legislative chamber also urged the government, to as a matter of urgency and national interest, direct all the relevant agencies to ensure prompt payment of the subsidy arrears as approved by the Senate.
Lawmakers urged the oil marketers to suspend their planned indefinite strike and allow the government to take action.
Concise News had reported that the oil marketers gave the government a 7-day warning to pay outstanding subsidy fees or they will embark on strike.
Adopting a motion by Senator Kabiru Marafa (APC, Zamfara), the lawmakers expressed concerns that if the issue was not addressed immediately, Nigerians would be negatively affected.
Senator Marafa in his motion said after the National Assembly approved the sum of N429 billion in promissory note as requested by the Executive arm to settle the subsidy arrears, the Debt Management Office (DMO) came up with another measure by engaging an international audit firm to screen the marketers’ documents.
The Zamfara lawmaker said such development was an unfortunate one considering that the same documents were scrutinised and approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) before being forwarded to the National Assembly for approval.
Senator Marafa said it appeared some vested interest was bent on sabotaging the government’s efforts at settling the debts, which he said, should not be allowed to happen.