After weeks of suspending activities on the floor of the House, the House of Representatives has announced its decision to reconvene and resume plenary on Tuesday.
This information was contained in a statement by the clerk, Patrick Giwa, to all members of the green chamber.
The House had in March suspended its plenary for two weeks as part of efforts to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease.
The leadership of the House, however, revealed that they extended the suspension to tally with the lockdown in the FCT.
The clerk wrote in the statement:
This is to inform all Members of the House of Representatives that the House will now resume plenary session on Tuesday, April 28, 2020, at 10 am.
Members are advised to take note of the new date of resumption.
Prior to the suspension of plenary, the lawmakers debated on a bill entitled the ‘Emergency Economic Stimulus Bill (EESB),’ which the Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, said would be the only agenda.
In an earlier statement that addressed the move, the Speaker said:
The decision was already made over the weekend to shut down the house.
Though the house will be closing tomorrow, I will implore all members to be present on the floor for the passage of a bill titled Emergency Economic Stimulus Bill which the leadership of the House has been working on all weekend and concluded this night.
The EESB will be the only item on the order paper tomorrow as we intend to conclude sitting by 12.30. We will suspend our rules and will take the 1st 2nd and 3rd readings of the Bill and send immediately to the senate for concurrence.
I believe if we are able to do this tomorrow, we would be able to close the house knowing we did not leave Nigerians in a lurch. All other details will be given during my address tomorrow.