Thursday, 13 June 2019

Lawan, Gbajabiamila constitute sub-committees, adjourn plenary till July 2nd

On Thursday, the senate president, Ahmed Lawan, and speaker of the house of representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has constituted ad hoc committees and adjourned plenary till July 2.

Lawan swore in a 12-member ad hoc committee to liaise with the management of the National Assembly on housekeeping issues.

The committee, chaired by Senator Abubakar Kyari, is expected to work out the allocation of seats in the chamber as well as the allocation of offices to the senators.

The committee whose assignment starts immediately, according to Lawan, will work with the Clerk of the Senate, and is expected to submit its report within two weeks.

The upper chamber then adjourned for two weeks to enable the management of the federal parliament to come up with acceptable arrangements for the lawmakers’ office accommodation.

At the lower chamber, Speaker Gbajabiamila constituted four sub-committees after the first session of the newly inaugurated house, before adjourning plenary till July 2.

The committees including welfare, selection, media and publicity as well as rules and business are to commence work immediately pending the formation of all the relevant committees.

Addressing journalists, Khadija Ibrahim, chairman of the sub-committee on media and publicity, said Gbajabiamila has also resolved to visit select constituencies that have been in the news recently.

She said: “The traditional victory party done after the emergence of speaker has been cancelled due to the fact that we have a lot of work to do. In the two weeks recess, we are going to work, we are not going on holiday. New members will settle down and get to work

“Mr. Speaker has emphasised he is going to visit some constituency offices and have a feel of what is happening in them especially those making the headlines. So he wants to go and know what is happening in those constituencies.”

The former minister of state for foreign affairs added that the green chamber will work in unity and devoid of party affiliations.

“We remain as one house regardless of party affiliations. There is not going to be any prejudices or leaning towards one party,” she said.

“We stand united. In one Nigeria we believe, in one Nigeria we stand and will work harmoniously with the executive. The three arms of government needs to work hand in hand to make progress in this country.”

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