NASS To Reconvene On Wednesday, Saraki To Preside Over Joint Session
The National Assembly, NASS, will be reconvening on Wednesday, 15th August 2018 to consider some important executive communications before it, especially the 2018 supplementary Appropriation bill, according to reports.
The bill contains estimates for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct the 2019 general elections.
It was gathered that the leadership of NASS under the chairmanship of Dr. Bukola Saraki, who is also the Senate president, met at the weekend and agreed that the house should be reconvened on Wednesday.
The day was said to have been chosen in order to give some senators and House members who are outside the country enough time to return to the country and be part of the exercise.
The Clerk of the National Assembly, Alhaji Sanni Omolori, is said to have been mandated to reconvene the assembly through a statement on Monday as well as getting across individually to all the lawmakers.
The sources further said the reconvening of NASS would take the form of a joint session of the two chambers with Saraki presiding.
The joint session which is expected to begin at 10 a.m. at the House of Representatives chambers would, among others, consider the 2018 budget proposals of 64 federal parastatals and some requests for virement.
Also slated for consideration by the federal lawmakers is approval for borrowings to fund 2018 budget as well as the N242.445 billion proposed to fund the 2019 election.
Out of the sum, N143.512 billion is voted for INEC to commence necessary arrangement this year ahead of the February 2019 general election.
Based on this, NASS leadership in the last two weeks met with the INEC management committee led by its Chairman, Prof. Mahmud Yakubu.
The last of such meetings was held last Wednesday in Senate Room 301 with Saraki presiding and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, as well as other principal officers of National Assembly in attendance.