National Assembly postpones plenary resumption by one week

Sharon EboesomiJanuary 14, 20243 min

The National Assembly had initially fixed 23rd January 2024 for its resumption after adjourning following approval of the 2024 Budget in December

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The National Assembly has postponed the resumption of its plenary session, originally scheduled for January 23, 2024 to the 30th of January, 2024.

This was contained in a statement addressed to members of the House of Representatives by the Clerk to the House of Representatives, Yahaya Danzaria.

Recall that the National Assembly had on Saturday, December 30, 2023, proceeded on a 3-week recess following its passage of the 28 trillion naira Appropriation Bill (now Act) for the 2024 fiscal year, in line with its constitutional powers.

The statement read: “I am directed to inform Hon. Members that the resumption date for both Senate and House of Representatives has been shifted upwards from Tuesday, 23rd January, 2024 (earlier announced) to Tuesday, 30th January, 2024 at 11:00am prompt. All inconveniences are regretted.”

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Notwithstanding the break, lawmakers continued their intensive legislative work and engaged in nationwide outreach to constituents without hindrance.

Prior to its recess, the National Assembly had since its inauguration in June 2023, considered a wide range of issues affecting the country.

It also passed significant bills and adopted significant resolutions that will influence the course of the nation in the years to come thanks to vigorous debates, bipartisan cooperation, and a pure dedication to its constitutional duties

At a special session held on 30 December 2023, for final consideration of the budget, the speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Tajudeen Abbas reflecting on the 10th Assembly’s legislative accomplishments over the last six months, praised the commitment, harmony, and openness of members to participate in productive discussions. 

He said, “I extend my deepest appreciation to all of you and applaud your exemplary conduct, dedication and devotion to upholding the highest standards of ethics and professionalism. Of note is the patriotism you all have demonstrated, making astonishing sacrifices to work even on weekends and during public holidays.” 

Abbas further noted that 500 motions on pressing matters affecting the people were adopted, while 962 bills in the area of legislation have been received since inauguration, 

He further disclosed that one hundred and twenty (120) of these bills have passed Second Reading and are currently undergoing in-depth analysis at the Committee stage. Amongst the notable bills passed by the month in the period, the Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria (Repeal and Re-enactment) Bill 2023 was on 23rd November, 2023 assented to, by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

Sharon Eboesomi

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