Why we can’t reconvene National Assembly now — Saraki, Dogara

The Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki and Speaker, House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, have said that a date has not been set for the reconvening of the Senate and the House of Representatives to consider the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) 2019 elections budget request forwarded by President Muhammadu Buhari on July 17, 2018.

Saraki and Dogara in a statement signed by their media aides, Yusuph Olaniyonu and Turaki Hassan argued that the National Assembly cannot reconvene until the committees set up to consider INEC budget have a report to present.

“The leadership of the two chambers had met and agreed to reconvene to consider the proposal this week before which a meeting between the Joint Senate and House of Representatives Committees on Electoral Matters and officials of the INEC must have held on or before Monday August 13, 2018,” they said.

The joint committees were also expected to meet with the joint Senate and House Committees on Appropriations, Loans and Debts on the Eurobond loan request after which two reports would have been ready for presentation in the two chambers.

They added that no such meeting had taken place yet as a result of which both Senate and House of Representatives cannot reconvene as there is no report to consider.

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“Until the Committees have a ready report for the consideration of the two chambers, it will be most irresponsible to recall members from recess especially those that may have traveled to Saudi Arabia for the Hajj,” they added.

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