The increasing number of absentees in the Federal House of Representatives is becoming a great worry for the leadership of the House.Information Guide Nigeria
ICIR reports that the leadership of the lower chamber on Thursday at the plenary, cautioned members sponsoring bills or had reports to lay before it but were absent from plenary on days the items were listed on the Order Paper to change their ways.
According to ICIR, the House Majority Leader, Alhassan Ado-Doguws spoke on the issue when the House stepped down bills scheduled for second reading due to the absence of their sponsors.
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In a session presided over by Deputy Speaker, Ahmed Wase, the lower chamber of the House stepped down five out of the eight bills scheduled for second reading owing to the absence of their sponsors.
ICIR reports that Ado-Doguwa said, “I rise with due respect and all sense of responsibility and obligation as leader of this very important House (to say) that rampant cases of bills being taken for second reading and eventually the members are not on the floor to take them up, I think, is of serious concern.
“Mr Speaker and honourable members, like I said, I rise as leader of this House, very respectfully, to urge my colleagues that you must always liaise with the chairman of the House Committee on Rules and Business.
“Also, the chairman on Rules and Business while scheduling businesses of the day must also get in touch with relevant members so that bills are not put on schedules only for us to step them down because the member that is supposed to take them is not on the floor, especially a bill that is meant for second reading.”
“It is the key step as far as the legislative process is concerned. So, I rise with all sense of humility to urge our members to please take it seriously and be more dutiful when the time comes for any bill to be taken for second reading.”Jamb Result
According to ICIR, the Minority Leader of the House, Ndudi Elumelu who also spoke urged lawmakers to check their email boxes regularly adding that notices were usually sent to lawmakers.
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