Some National Assembly members said they are not sure whether the two chambers will reconvene tomorrow to consider the 2019 budget of the Independent National Electoral Commission.
The Nation reported today that many senators and House members, who were set to go on summer holiday and perform the Hajj rites, remain in Abuja because there is no word from the National Assembly’s leadership.
A member of the House from the Northwest said: “This budget is important but there is anxiety everywhere on the security implications of recalling members.
“From the look of things, our leaders are looking at all options on how to make the ratification of the budget easier.”
A principal officer of the House, who spoke in confidence, said: “We have not been told when the National Assembly will reconvene to consider the poll budget. I know the Speaker assured INEC Chairman Mahmud Yakubu last week that we will give the budget a speedy consideration. We are awaiting a recall announcement.
“So far, Tuesday does not look practicable. The basic challenge is the crisis of confidence among members of the two chambers.
“I think the National Assembly leadership is trying to manage the tempers arising from the defections and the siege to the Assembly complex last week. We are also talking to ourselves to allow reason to prevail.”
House Rule V(18) (1-3) says: “18.
(1) Whenever the House shall stand adjourned to a date not fixed and it is represented to the Speaker by the Leaders of the political Parties in the House that the House shall meet on a certain day at a certain time, the Speaker shall give notice accordingly and the House shall meet on the date and at the time stated in the notice.
(2) “Whenever the House stands adjourned either to a date fixed by Resolution or the Rule of the House, and it is represented by the Leaders of the Political Parties in the House to the Speaker that the public interest requires that the House should meet on an earlier or a later date or time than that on which it stands adjourned, the Speaker may give notice accordingly, and the House shall meet on the date and at the time stated in the notice.
(3) “Whenever the Speaker shall have given notice in accordance with either of the two preceding paragraphs, the Clerk shall communicate the terms of the notice to each member. “
Senate Leader Ahmad Lawan said: “I am still waiting to be informed by the President of the Senate on whether we will sit on Tuesday or not.
“Well, I will expect the Senate President to talk to me or call. I have not received any communication yet.
“And normally, an announcement is supposed to be made. We have not heard of any as I speak with you.”
The Nation said there were indications at the weekend that if the two chambers reconvene, the Senate may end up merely concurring with the report of the House Committee on the 2019 poll budget for INEC.
The House Committee, chaired by Hon. Aisha Dukku, is said to have concluded the consideration of the budget before the abrupt recess of the National Assembly on July 24.
A member of the committee said: “The House Committee has fine-tuned the budget in readiness for its consideration at the plenary.
“To save time, the leaders of the two chambers were said to have agreed to adopt the budget ratified by the House.
“Since the Senate is the hotbed of legislative crisis now, the chamber might only sit to concur with the report of the House.
“What the Assembly leadership is planning is to have a brief sitting on the budget. But we are all in suspense on when we will reconvene. We have not been notified of any sitting on Tuesday.”
COVID-19 Guidelines Violation: PTF Blames Govs For Crowds At Edo Rallies, Kashamu’s Burial
The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 has also blamed governors, traditional and religious leaders for allowing crowds to gather and break safety protocols during electioneering in Edo State and during the burial of senator Buruji Kashamu in Ogun State.
A large crowd of mourners was in attendance on Sunday when senator Kashamu was buried.
Both the all progressives congress and the Peoples Democratic Party have also held campaign rallies in Edo State ahead of next month’s governorship election.
The national coordinator of the PTF, Dr Sani Aliyu, has asked governors and traditional leaders to show responsibility for the residents of their states and local councils.
Aliyu says last weekend’s development has shown the failure of leaders to ensure compliance with protocols in their respective states.
FG Issues New Directives To Civil Servants Over Resumption Of Work
The Federal Government has on Monday directed civil servants on Grade Levels 12 and 13, as well as those on important duties to resume full work.
According to the Nigeria News Agency NAN, the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Dr Folashade Yemi-Esan gave the directive in a circular stating that “workers affected would resume work from Monday to Friday, and be in the office from 8 am to 4 pm as usual.”
As part of measures to curb the spread of COVID-19, only workers on Grade Level 14 and above go to offices, and work for just 3 days a week.
Yemi-Esan urged Chief Executive Officers to ensure full compliance with the directives on the Coronavirus pandemic preventive measures, including physical distancing, regular washing or sanitising of hands and wearing of face masks.
According to her, where the number of staff resuming work was large, Permanent Secretaries and Chief Executive Officers should consider the option of duty rosters.
The Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) on Tuesday reported 290 new cases of Coronavirus bringing the total number to 46,867, a total of 33,346 patients have been discharged while 950 deaths have been recorded so far.
Presidency Targets Diezani, MDAs As Salami Panel Gets More Powers
The presidential investigative committee on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has been given judicial powers. The panel, led by Justice Isa Ayo Salami, will now work in line with section one of the tribunals inquiry act of 2004.
The panel has also been approved to hold public sittings and should submit a report in forty-five days.
The panel is probing the EFCC suspended acting chairman, Ibrahim Magu. Among other cases to be taken up by the panel are the ones involving former petroleum minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke and the nearly ten billion dollar judgment against the country by process and industrial development (P and I.D.). The panel will also take up complaints by the UK national crime agency in London.
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