OrderPaperToday – Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, on Thursday, adjourned plenary over unavailability of order paper for the session.
The visibly enraged Speaker also recommended the immediate sack of the staff responsible for the production of the Order paper.
Berated the officials responsible for the order paper, saying, “what kind of thing is that, that we are now forced to adjourn plenary for failing to produce order paper,”
Gbajabiamila was even more furious that the Clerk of the House of Representatives, Akubueze Chinedu was not available when he arrived for the plenary session.
“The Clerk, you were not here, the front roll was empty, none of the deputies are here, whoever is in charge of Rules and Business should be removed,” he stated.
According to Gbajabiamila, “this House sits at 11:00 am, everybody knows that, we adjourned yesterday to 11:00 am, when I came in this morning, there was nobody on this seat.
“We all know that if the Order Paper is not ready, we cannot function as a House,” he said.
The Speaker then asked all officers responsible to immediately see him in his office.
“Please everybody should see me in my office, house adjourn till Tuesday next week.”
All efforts by OrderPaper Nigeria to get a reaction from Abubakar Fulata, Chairman of the House Committee on Rules and Business which is responsible for making the order paper available proved abortive, as he neither picked up his calls nor responded to messages sent.
Fulata is also yet to respond as at the time of filing in this report.
What you should know about the Order Paper:
The Order paper is a program schedule that dictates the proceedings on the floor of the House. It also guides lawmakers on their daily proceedings.
Hard and soft copies of the Order Paper are usually produced on a daily basis and shared to all members before the commencement of plenary proceedings.
Accordingly, the House sits thrice weekly; Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.
It was on this premise that the Speaker adjourned the plenary session.