National Assembly Shifts Resumption of Plenary to Feb 26
The Assembly, according to a one-page statement entitled ‘Postponement of Resumption of Plenary’ issued on Sunday by the Clerk of the National Assembly, Mr M. A. Sani-Omolori, attributed the shifting of the reconvening date of the federal legislators to Tuesday, February 26 due to the postponement of the national election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to Saturday, February 23.
The statement enjoined all Senators and House of Representatives members to resume plenary by 10 am on Tuesday, February 26.
The Senate had on Thursday, January 24, adjourned plenary to February 19 after considering the National Minimum Wage Bill transmitted to it by President Muhammadu Buhari which passed through second reading.
The Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, who presided over plenary, had said the Senate will adjourn plenary till Tuesday, February 19 after listening to the motion moved by the Senate Leader, Senator Ahmad Lawan, that the Senate should adjourn to another legislative day “having exhausted all the agenda on the day’s Order Paper”.
The Senate had earlier this month attempted to hold a special session in the wake of the suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, by President Buhari, but had to put it off at the last minute.
The Clerk of the Senate, Mr Nelson Ayewoh, had invited the senators to an emergency plenary through a two-paragraph statement personally signed by him.
Ayewoh in another letter titled ‘Cancellation of Senate Resumption Plenary’ informed all Senators of the National Assembly of the Federal Republic of Nigeria “that the resumption in plenary scheduled for Tuesday, January 29, has been cancelled”.
According to him, “The scheduled date of resumption in plenary earlier fixed for Tuesday, February 19, remains please.”
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