House of Representatives was yesterday forced to adjourn plenary to Tuesday next week, due to constant power outages.
Since last month, Nigerian Pilot observed that power supply to the National Assembly had become very unstable, thereby forcing many lawmakers to shun plenary because of the heat and discomfort.
At yesterday’s session, the power outage occurred on four occasions which lasted for about two and a half hours.
The ugly development started at about 12:15pm.
After about 20 minutes, power supply was restored, leaving the public address system within the chambers paralysed.
The situation prompted the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, who presided at the session to resort to cracking of jokes repeatedly to calm the lawmakers, reminding them that they were patriotic Nigerians and could work without air-conditioners.
When power supply eventually returned, 20 minutes in the proceedings, there was another power outage, which forced the House to suspend its business for the second time.
This trend continued for about 10 more minutes with some lawmakers shouting “thank God this transformation is ending”, while others insisted it was “change.”
Nigerian Pilot learnt that the management of the National Assembly has come under serious funding constraints, thus seems helpless in its bid to maintain critical infrastructure within the complex.
It was also gathered that hard times await the incoming lawmakers as the 2015 Budget for the National Assembly has been further slashed from N150billion to N120billion.


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