Why NASS Failed to Reconvene on August 14, 2018

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018 2.00PM / Proshare WebTV

Expectations were high across Nigeria that the National Assembly will reconvene today to look into issues amongst others the budget presentation for the Independent National Electoral Commission, that will be required to execute the 2019 general elections.

The scheduled resumption has been put on hold till further notice and a joint statement below from Senate President Dr. Bukola Saraki and House Speaker Rt.Hon Yakubu Dogara, gives further explanation.

This is a press statement from the media office of the Senate President and House Speaker respectively.


No Date for National Assembly reconvening on INEC Budget

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 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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