Public Affairs Why National Assembly won’t be reconvening soon despite clamour – Saraki, Dogara
The Senate President, Bukola Saraki and Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, Tuesday, declared that no date has been fixed to consider the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, 2019 elections budget request forwarded by President Muhammadu Buhari on July 17, 2018.
Noting that there have been calls for the federal legislature to reconvene from its annual recess to deliberate on reports of the Joint Committees on Electoral Matters arising from interactions with INEC officials, the presiding officers said the meetings were yet to take place.
They also pointed out that many members of the National Assembly have travelled to Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj, hence it would be “most irresponsible” to recall such members.
The leadership of the National Assembly therefore directed all senators and members of the House of Representatives to take note of the overriding development.
Saraki and Dogara gave this explanation through a statement released by their media aides, Yusuph Olayinonu and Turaki Hassan, which read, “The leadership of the two chambers had met and agreed to reconvene to consider the proposal this week before which a meeting between the Joint Senate and House of Representatives Committees on Electoral Matters and officials of the INEC must have held on or before Monday August 13, 2018.
“The joint committees were also expected to meet with the joint Senate and House Committees on Appropriations, Loans and Debts on the Eurobond loan request after which two reports would have been ready for presentation in the two chambers.
“However, no such meeting had taken place yet as a result of which both Senate and House of Representatives cannot reconvene as there is no report to consider.
“Until the Committees have a ready report for the consideration of the two chambers, it will be most irresponsible to recall members from recess especially those that may have travelled to Saudi Arabia for the Hajj.”