Reps begin plenary with 18 out of 360 members

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The House of Representatives on Tuesday, January 22, commenced its plenary sitting with only 18 out of its 360 members, failing to meet up with the required 25% needed to form a quorum.

Daily Trust reports that the sitting was presided over by the deputy speaker, Yusuf Lasun (APC, Osun).

The leader of the lower legislative chamber, Femi Gbajabiamila (APC, Lagos) was also absent, forcing Lasun to nominate Bashir Baballe (APC, Kano) as an interim House Leader for the commencement of proceedings.

The number of legislators, however, rose to 36 before the end of the session.

Discussing the business of the day, Lasun explained how certain misrepresentation of figures in the 2019 budget delayed debate on the Appropriation Bill.

“One of the reasons why we did not start debate on the 2019 budget last week was the discovery of slight errors in reporting the figures contained in it.

“For instance, the N492 billion for statutory transfers did not correspond with the wordings in the budget but that has been corrected.

“The same applies to the N2 trillion for capital expenditure, which has also been corrected,” Lasun stated.

In a related development, the majority of Nigerian senators failed to attend plenary on Tuesday, January 22, forcing the few senators that attended, nine out of 109 members, to adjourn sitting to today, January 23, as they were unable to form quorum.

We gathered that most of the senators were at their various senatorial districts campaigning for their re-election, while those that got governorship tickets in their state were also said to be busy with gubernatorial campaigns.

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