March 19, 2019

‘National Assembly Cannot Reconvene Now’ – Saraki, Dogara

‘National Assembly Cannot Reconvene Now’ – Saraki, Dogara
Bukola Saraki and Yakubu Dogara have given reasons why the NASS cannot reconvene
Bukola Saraki and Yakubu Dogara have given reasons why the NASS cannot reconvene

The Senate President Bukola Saraki, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, have given reasons why the much awaited reconvening of the two chambers of the National Assembly will not hold anytime soon.
The chambers were to reconvene today, Tuesday, August 14, 2018, so as to debate on the budget of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) amongst other items but the reconvening of the National Assembly has been postponed till further notice.
In a joint statement by Saraki and Dogara on Tuesday morning, the two NASS leaders confessed that there were proposals to reconvene to deliberate on the reports of the Joint Committees on Electoral Matters arising from interactions with officials of INEC.
They, however, said that the meetings have not taken place and that many legislators have also gone on Hajj, thereby making the prospects for reconvening impossible.
The statement came against the background of continuing tension in the Senate over plans by some Senators backed by the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, to impeach Saraki.
The statement issued on behalf of the NASS leaders by their spokespersons, Yusuph Olaniyonu, Senate and Turaki Hassan, House, respectively, reads in part:
“The Senate President, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki and Speaker, House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, have directed that we inform all Senators, Honorable members and the public that a date has not been set for the reconvening of the Senate and the House of Representatives to consider the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) 2019 elections budget request forwarded by President Muhammadu Buhari on July 17, 2018.
The leadership of the two chambers had met and agreed to reconvene to consider the proposal this week before which a meeting between the Joint Senate and House of Representatives Committees on Electoral Matters and officials of the INEC must have held on or before Monday, August 13, 2018.
The joint committees were also expected to meet with the joint Senate and House Committees on Appropriations, Loans and Debts on the Eurobond loan request after which two reports would have been ready for presentation in the two chambers.
However, no such meeting had taken place yet as a result of which both the Senate and House of Representatives cannot reconvene as there is no report to consider.
Until the Committees have a ready report for the consideration of the two chambers, it will be most irresponsible to recall members from recess especially those that may have travelled to Saudi Arabia for the Hajj.”

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Isaac Dachen is the Editor-In-Chief at Sabinews. He is a graduate of English and Public Relations. A social critic and political analyst, he is also a big, big Arsenal fan.
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