Once more, National Assembly postpones resumption to April 30th

The National Assembly has once again pushed back the resumption of the plenary to April 30th, citing the need for comprehensive renovations in both main chambers. Originally slated to reconvene on April 23rd after the Easter and Eid recess, the Senate and House of Representatives announced the rescheduling of plenary on Thursday.

Chinedu Akubueze, the Clerk of the Senate, issued a notice informing lawmakers of the postponement and confirmed that upon resumption, sessions would resume in the main chambers. This delay follows the relocation of both Houses to temporary chambers in September 2022, initiated by Visible Construction Company Nigeria Limited’s renovation work on their Hallowed Chambers since July 2022.

Meanwhile, Akin Rotimi, the Chairman of the House Committee on Media, relayed that the House would reconvene on April 30th, aligning with the Senate’s decision. Rotimi cited an internal correspondence from the Clerk of the House of Representatives, Dr. Yahaya Danzaria, indicating that the extension aimed to grant lawmakers more time for constituency outreach to ensure sufficient input in the ongoing constitution review process.

The extended timeline also facilitates focused preparations for legislative summits on State Police and Tax Reforms, Revenue Enhancement, and Digital Transformation in the subsequent weeks. Despite the inconvenience caused by the rescheduling, both chambers reaffirmed their commitment to accountability and timely communication with all stakeholders, in line with the Legislative Agenda of the 10th Assembly.

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