Breaking: Fire outbreak forces senators to evacuate National Assembly

Breaking: Fire outbreak forces senators to evacuate National Assembly

Report reaching indicates that a section of the technical room of the National Assembly’s Senate wing was on fire.

The fire occurred at about 11 a.m at the maintenance unit of the Senate which is located at the ground floor of the Assembly compound, Premium Times reports.

According to The Punch, the fire outbreak sent smoke through the air conditioning system to the chamber. The technical team in the building has since put out the fire.

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Meanwhile, a staff familiar with the technical room said the fire started where air conditioners units serving the assembly are kept.

The lawmakers initially tried to go ahead with its plenary, but were compelled to cut it short.

The upper chamber had resumed plenary today but adjourned to Tuesday, saying the atmosphere was not conducive.

Ibrahim Gobir, Sokoto-APC, moved that the plenary be adjourned due to the “unconducive” state of the chamber after adoption of votes and proceedings.

The Senate president, Bukola Saraki, who approved the prayer said: “What you presented to us makes sense. Definitely the chamber is not conducive for today’s s activities and as such, I would direct that we adjourn till Tuesday so that between now and the weekend the members of the services and maintenance unit can ensure that we bring the chamber into a conducive environment.”

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In a previous report by, the Nigerian Senate has threatened to cut funds from federal government Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) for refusing to submit their 2018 budget breakdown.

The Senate president issued this threat on Wednesday, February 14, when he was discussing the issue of budget breakdown.

Senator Ahmad Lawan cited order 43 and says the details of the budget must be submitted to the Senate for comparison of the new budget and till date only one agency has submitted so far.

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