- Federal lawmakers have been urged by the presidency to reconvene before the expected date of resumption
- The presidency says urgent matters before the National Assembly may affect the running of the country
- It says the lawmakers should see the reconvening as a clarion call
The presidency on Sunday, August 5 appealed to the National Assembly (NASS) to reconvene as urgent matters pending before it may affect the running of Nigeria and matters affecting Nigerians.
The appeal was made by the senior special adviser to the president on National Assembly matters, Senator Ita Enang at a news conference in Lagos.
Recall that the Nigerian Senate, on April 24 adjourned sittings for the next two months. The Senate is expected to reconvene on September 25th.
NAN reports that some of the pending urgent issues before the adjournment included the approval of a supplementary budget to fund the 2018 budget and the 2019 general elections.
NAIJ.com gathers that the supplementary funds would enable the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to commence preparation for the 2019 polls.
Also pending are several key appointments for the EFCC, ICPC, deputy CBN governor and AMCON among others.
Enang said that although the Senate had lined up those matters before the adjournment, there was need for them to resume because of the urgency required for the approval.
He said: “We are appealing to Senate leadership and all caucuses of the National Assembly to see this as a clarion call for the good of the nation. As the liason officer between NASS and the federal government, I know it is not the intention of the lawmakers to make Nigerians suffer.
“The NASS vacation is usually planned to coincide with school vacations so that members can spend time with their children. However this is an election year and the budget has just been appended to, hence the urgent need to give approval for supplementary funds for it.
“We are not compelling them, we are appealing to them. As a liason officer between the presidency and the NASS, my duty is to make sure that both arms stay together and work in harmony."
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the All Progressives Congress (APC) members in the House of Representatives advised their Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) colleagues to push for reconvening from recess rather than blame President Muhammadu Buhari on issues.
The members made the call on Tuesday, July 31, in a statement signed by the leader of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, in Abuja.
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