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N’Assembly: One Recess Too Many, Says Group

Posted: Jul 20, 2015 at 2:36 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Ignatius Okorocha, Abuja

A legislative advocacy, monitoring and lobby group, on the aegis of Friends in the Gap Advocacy Initiative (FGAI), has noted with concern, the postponement of the resumption date of the National Assembly members from July 21 to July 28, 2015 without any tangible explanation.

For the avoidance of doubts, it would be recalled that this is the third time that the 8th National Assembly will be embarking on such an inexplicable recess since its inauguration on June 9, 2015 by President Muhammadu Buhari.

In a statement by the FGAI Executive Director, Mr. George Oji, the group recalled that after the proclamation of the 8th National Assembly on June 9, 2015, the lawmakers sat only for three days and embarked on its first break on June 11, 2015, which lasted till June 23, 2015.

It noted with concern that the rumoured reason for the break was to enable the management of the Assembly sort out the issue of accommodation and other logistics for the legislators.

The statement noted : “Three days after the resumption of the lawmakers on June 23, our legislators again on June 25, took another three-week break, that would have seen them resuming work on July 21, before this most recent extension.

“What this means is that cumulatively, the lawmakers have only put in six days of work in roughly two months.

“For us in FGAI, in real terms, the lawmakers have not achieved anything in terms of meaningful legislative work since their inauguration about two months ago.

“What the legislators did for the six days they were credited to have functioned, was merely to bicker over selfish interests; who occupied which position as principal officers.”