- The House of Representatives on Tuesday, September 27, was forced to adjourn plenary due to an interruption of power supply
- Following the power failure, Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila was left with no other option than to call for an adjournment
- Meanwhile, the lawmakers scrambled to exit the chamber while using their phones as torchlights to find their way through the darkness that engulfed the entire chamber
A power outage at the new building where members of the House of Representatives are holding plenary sessions following ongoing rehabilitation work on the Chamber forced the House to adjourn abruptly on Tuesday, September 27.
Power outage forced Reps to adjourn plenary
Meanwhile, the House had just passed for second reading a bill to amend the Evidence Act, Cap. E14, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 to bring its Provisions in line with Global Technological Advancements in Evidence taking when power was cut for the second time.
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While asking members whether the House should adjourn as a result of the power outage, the Speaker said:
“Honourable members, can we adjourn plenary before the UPs go off?”
The UPs went off before the Speaker could finish speaking, throwing the temporary Chamber into darkness.
The situation forced the lawmakers to exit the chamber in darkness, using their phone torchlights.
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House of Representatives members have rejected the plea to halt a bill seeking the creation of more tertiary institutions in the face of the country's economic crisis.
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The lawmakers claimed that they have promised their constituencies tertiary institutions during campaigns.
During the debate on the bill to establish a university of transportation in Daura, the hometown of President Muhammadu Buhari, the speaker of the house, Femi Gbajabiamila, urged colleagues to agree on suspending all tertiary education establishments bill based on the recommendations of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
National Darkness as Nigeria's electricity grid collapses again, 7th in 2022
Major Nigerian cities, including the Federal Capital Territory, were thrown into darkness on Monday as the national grid collapsed again for the seventh time in 2022.
The last national system collapse was recorded on July 20, 2022.
According to reports, the National System Operator’s data showed that as of 12 noon on Monday, September 26, no power generation plant was on the grid.