National Assembly Takes Long Recess After Crisis

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The Senate and House of Representatives have gone on a four – week recess after the leadership crisis that rocked the two legislative chambers during the week.

The Speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogara, was forced to announce an adjournment of plenary till July 21, 2015 after members engaged in a fight over the selection of principal leaders.

Before announcing the adjournment, however, Dogara told his colleagues that they should shelve their differences and settle down to the serious business of lawmaking they had been elected to do.

He noted that while disagreements were normal in any social group it should however not be used to jeopardize the well being of the greater good of the people.



    On its own part, the Senate, which had resumed plenary on Tuesday, after a two week break, also announced another 27 days recess.

    The newly appointed Senate Leader, Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume, who made the announcement said the senators would resume duty on July 21.

    The announcement was seconded by Senator Philip Aduda from the FCT.

    Senate President Bukola Saraki said the recess was to allow the ad-hoc committees on finance and legislative agenda complete their assignments.

    He said the lawmakers could break the recess anytime based on national exigency.

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