National Assembly won’t Reconvene Tuesday

The National Assembly will not reconvene on Tuesday as has been widely speculated following an announcement made last week by the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yusuf Lasun.

The Chairman of the House Committee on Media and Publicity, Abdul-Razak Namdas, said the House would not be reconvening because there was no firm decision to that effect.

Speaking on a Channels Television’s programme, Namdas said, “We are working towards resumption but not tomorrow (Tuesday) specifically.

He said the deputy speaker, who spoke with journalists last week after a meeting of some members of the National Assembly leadership, had only said the lawmakers would likely resume on Tuesday or Wednesday.

“I want to tell you that the entire leadership, this time around, not just some (members), will meet and a definite decision will be taken,” Namdas said.

He explained that it was important for the entire leadership to meet because the National Assembly is a bicameral legislature.

“For us to do anything jointly, we need to be on the same page,” he said. “We will achieve that and I think that, very soon, either this night or so, our leaders will meet on this matter and we will make it known to Nigerians when exactly we are resuming.”

The lawmakers, who have been on recess since July 24, were meant to resume in September but they are now working to resume before then to consider the budget for the 2019 general elections and other pending issues.

NASS leadership had planned to hold an emergency meeting to determine when they would reconvene on Tuesday last week, but they called it off after armed operatives of the Department of State Services stormed the complex.

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