Politics House of Reps Announces New Sitting Days



The House of Representatives on Tuesday in Abuja announced new sitting days which would see the federal lawmakers attend plenary from Monday to Thursday weekly.

Under the former arrangement, the house sat on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Chairman, House Committee on Rules and Business, Rep. Albert Tsokwa, made the announcement when he presented and read out amendments to the House Standing Orders, the 8th edition.

Section 63 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) requires both chambers of the National Assembly to sit for at least 181 days in a year. In other amendments, Order 8 Rule 46 which deals with matters of urgent public importance, now confines the house to just two points of order in that regard at a sitting henceforth.

The Speaker of the house, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal, said that the development was to ensure that it made greater progress in its deliberations.

"We have just heard the new provisions for our rules which say that we can now sit from Monday to Thursday starting from 10 a.m. And that only two matters of urgent public importance can be entertained at a sitting.

"As presiding officers, we are appealing to our colleagues to kindly bear with us. And as you may well know, there are some matters that we may think passionately as urgent but which in the real sense of it are not, and that should ordinarily come as motions on notice.

"So if you think seriously in your inner mind and know that a matter is not very pressing, please, endeavour to put it in a motion on notice so that we can make the necessary progress," he said.

The House, which resumed plenary after a two-month recess, quickly went into an executive session over the current terrorist activities in the North-East part of the country