Defective microphone system force House of Representatives to adjourn plenary


The House of Representatives yesterday adjourned plenary to Thursday, November 8, over a defective microphone system.

Calling for the adjournment, the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, explained that the system malfunctioned as a result of power which had affected the panel of some of the microphones.

He said that the microphones were installed in 1999 and the panels would take three weeks to arrive Nigeria from Germany.

The speaker urged lawmakers to sit in front row for Thursday’s plenary as the few functioning microphones would all be transferred to the front seats.

Lawmakers had found it difficult to contribute to motions and bills from their seats as their microphones were malfunctioning.

Legislators, including the Deputy Speaker, Yussuf Lasun, had to move from seat to seat in search of functioning microphones to make contributions.

The situation led to reporters, observers and other guests at the gallery leaving due to the poor audio.