National Assembly postpones resumption to Oct 9

The National Assembly has postponed its resumption from the ongoing two- month annual recess to October 9 , 2018 .

The federal legislature , which went on recess in July , was scheduled to resume on Tuesday .

A top source told our correspondent that the decision followed a meeting by the leadership of the National Assembly on Sunday night.

The Clerk to the National Assembly , Mr Mohammed Sani- Omolori, in a statement issued shortly after the meeting , announced the postponement .

The statement read, “ This is to inform all distinguished senators and honourable members that resumption of plenary session earlier scheduled for Tuesday , 25 th September , has been postponed to Tuesday , 9 th October , due to the activities of the primaries of the political parties .

“ All distinguished senators and honourable members are expected to resume plenary session by 10 am on the 9 th of October , please . ”

PUNCH had exclusively reported on September 9 how some lawmakers called on the leadership of both chambers to extend their resumption from September 25 to the second week of October .

A cross section of the lawmakers from both the Senate and House of Representatives had explained that the September 25 earlier fixed was no longer feasible .

They had argued that it would not be possible for the joint committees on electoral matters and those on appropriation to conclude their assignments before the end of September .

They also said it would not make sense for members of the two chambers to abandon the primaries of their parties in their various constituencies to resume plenary.

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