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Breaking: National Assembly calls off Tuesday reconvening

Breaking: National Assembly calls off Tuesday reconvening

Emerging reports have it that the National Assembly will not reconvene on Tuesday, August 14, and which is contrary to the public expectation.

The Punch reports that the House of Representatives spokesman, Abdulrazak Namdas, made this known on Monday, August 13. gathered that Namdas noted that the House is yet to decide on a reconvening date.

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The deputy speaker of the House, Yussuff Lasun, recently announced that the National Assembly would reconvene on Tuesday to consider the budget for the 2019 polls and other pending issues forwarded to lawmakers by President Buhari in July.

Meanwhile, had reported that some members of the National Assembly said they were not sure whether the two chambers would reconvene tomorrow, Tuesday, August 14, to consider the 2019 budget of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Senate president Bukola Saraki has not made any official announcement as regards reconvening of the National Assembly.

The Nation had reported that many senators and House members, who were set to go on summer holiday and perform the Hajj rites, remain in Abuja because there is no word from the National Assembly’s leadership.

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A member of the House from the northwest said: “This budget is important but there is anxiety everywhere on the security implications of recalling members.

“From the look of things, our leaders are looking at all options on how to make the ratification of the budget easier.”

A principal officer of the House, who spoke in confidence, said: “We have not been told when the National Assembly will reconvene to consider the poll budget. I know the speaker assured INEC chairman Mahmud Yakubu last week that we will give the budget a speedy consideration. We are awaiting a recall announcement.

“So far, Tuesday does not look practicable. The basic challenge is the crisis of confidence among members of the two chambers.

“I think the National Assembly leadership is trying to manage the tempers arising from the defections and the siege to the Assembly complex last week. We are also talking to ourselves to allow reason to prevail.”

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