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House Suspends Sitting Over Heat-Filled Chamber

Speaker of the House, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila
Speaker of the House, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila.

October 12, (THEWILL) – The House of Representatives on Tuesday hurriedly concluded legislative business, after decrying the sweltering heat in the chamber.

Honourable Haruna Dederi (APC-Kano), through Point of Order, quickly raised a Motion for the adjournment of plenary.

While addressing the Speaker, Dederi pointed out, “Sir, Order 7 of the rules of this House has given you powers to absolutely control whatever goes on here to preserve decorum.

“To preserve the atmosphere within which we should operate. We are suffocating because the place is extremely hot.

“In my opinion Sir, we could have a way of either adjourning the business of the day or give time so that the air conditioners can be out in proper shape.

“Whatever thing that you can do to save us from this physical situation in which we live”.

While answering the Honourable, the Speaker Gbajabiamila said: “It is a good point and it is something I just confirmed with the Deputy Speaker.

“I think what we would do is, read your titles and go to your prayers. We put the question to debates and we try to run through this as quickly as we can because we have a couple of matters under consideration for the committee of the whole, which I think we should quickly address.

“We take this one and go straight to consideration of reports, so we can leave here.”

Following the Speaker’s ruling, the House hurried through the proceedings and closed shop for the day.