The House of Representatives on Tuesday, January 28, said the cries of those that have lost their lives give the lawmakers sleepless nights.
Benjamin Kalu, spokesman of the green chamber, who made this known in Abuja said the rate of insecurity in Nigeria is alarming.
He said: “The insecurity in the land is much; it is alarming. We can no longer paint it with beautiful colours. We can no longer discuss about it in low tones. The cries of the people that have lost their lives are giving us sleepless nights. Something need to be done about it.”
He explained that the lower legislative chamber plans to use various legislative interventions to ensure that Nigerians are safe, “better than they have always been.”
“Because that is a core mandate of every government — to protect lives and property. If we don’t protect lives, who are we structuring our governance for,” he added.
Kalu commended the federal government for its recent decision to deploy the police in areas occupied by the military.
According to him, “The recent report we are getting shows the police is capable of handling our internal security.
“There are some success stories from what they are currently doing. We are going to use legislative interventions to support them the more as well as the other armed forces.”
Earlier, the Herald reported that the house of representatives committee on power directed the National Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) to suspend the planned increase in electricity tariff.
Recalled that NERC had directed the electricity distribution companies (DisCos) to enforce an upward review of the tariff starting from April 1.
Aliyu Magaji, the committee chairman, who the order in Abuja on Tuesday, January 14, asked NERC to issue a directive suspending the upward review pending proper consultations on the matter.