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Lack of Social Welfare: House of Reps rejects Bill empowering Nigerians to sue govt

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The lower legislative chamber, the House of Representatives has rejected a bill to allow citizens to sue government to court for failing to provide social welfare.

The sponsors of the Bill made reference to the the fundamental objectives as contained in sections 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 and 21 of the Constitution.

The house rejected the bill after debate which was sponsored by Sergius Ogun from Edo State.

It should be noted that section 16 of the constitution provides that “The State shall direct its policy towards ensuring – that suitable and adequate shelter, suitable and adequate food, reasonable national living minimum wage, old age care and pensions, unemployment and sick benefits and welfare of the disabled are provided for all citizens.”

Speaking on the bill, Herman Hembe from Benue State said the bill is seeking to make Nigeria a socialist state.

“Socialism never worked, it has only collapsed countries. The only thing that works is a system where people are allowed to work,” he said.

Nicholas Ossai argued that the bill should be allowed to pass, while experts can advise the committee on the bill.

After a debate on the bill, it was put to question and rejected by voice vote