National Assembly shifts resumption of plenary by two weeks

National Assembly shifts resumption of plenary by two weeks

- The Nigerian House of Representatives and the Senate will not resume on September 15 as earlier planned

- The National Assembly clerk confirmed this in a statement to lawmakers on Friday

- The clerk, however, did not say why the resumption date was shifted by two weeks

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The Nigerian National Assembly has decided to extend the resumption of lawmakers to legislative duties by two weeks.

Premium Times reports that this was announced by the Assembly's acting clerk, Ojo Amos, in a statement which was released on Friday, September 11.

According to the report, the new date of resumption is no longer Tuesday, September 15 but Tuesday, September 29.

No reason was given for the extension in the two paragraph-long statement which also said it regretted any inconveniences the changes might cause.

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National Assembly shifts resumption of plenary by two weeks

National Assembly leaders, Senate President Ahmed Lawan and House of Reps Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila. Photo credit: @nassnigeria
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The Nation reports the same, saying no clear reason was given for the extension of the resumption date.

“This is to inform all Distinguished Senators and Honourable Members of the National Assembly that the resumption of plenary session earlier scheduled for Tuesday, 15th September 2020 is hereby rescheduled for Tuesday 29th September 2020.

“We regret any inconvenience caused by this change of date,” the short statement read.

Legit.ng reported in July that the Nigerian Senate adjourned plenary till September 15 to enable its members to begin their annual summer vacation.

The Senate president, Ahmad Lawan, on Thursday, July 23, announced their vacation after an extended sitting of the upper chamber in Abuja.

Lawan said despite the break, the various committees of the Senate would be working and available “to attend to urgent matters that require their attention.”

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Legit.ng notes that the National Assembly will have its hands full when it eventually resumes because of the furore generated by the Senate's call for a constitutional review.

The review committee headed by the deputy president of the Senate, Ovie Omo-Agege, has received about 50 memoranda submitted by individuals and groups on how changes should be made.

Pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere and its Niger Delta counterpart, Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) and Coalition of Federalists for Good Governance (CFGG) are some of the groups that submitted their memoranda.

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