National Assembly postpones resumption till Feb 26

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Leadership of both chambers of the National Assembly has postponed the resumption of plenary earlier scheduled for Tuesday February 19, to Tuesday, February 26.

A statement by the Clerk to the National Assembly, Mohammed Sani-Omolori yesterday explained that the shift in the resumption date was due to the postponement of the Presidential/National Assembly elections.

The National Assembly has condemned the postponement of the general elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission, stating that the passage of the 2019 Appropriation Bill and the New Minimum Wage Bill will suffer further delay.

Speaking over the weekend, the Chairman, House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Abdulrazak Namdas, lamented that the postponement had more implications beyond the elections.

Namdas said one of the implications was that the National Assembly, which was billed to resume plenary on Tuesday to work on the national budget and the wage bill, among others, would be forced to extend its recess.

The House’s spokesman said members of the National Assembly, are really saddened by the event as they had supported INEC to the extent that they postponed some of their recess and holidays just to approve the commission’s budget for the election.

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