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Nasarawa Assembly fails to sit after recess ends

The House had scheduled August 4 as resumption date for sitting after the recess that marked the end of the  legislative year. The recess commenced…

The House had scheduled August 4 as resumption date for sitting after the recess that marked the end of the  legislative year. The recess commenced on June 6, and ended on August 4.
 During the recess, the House reconvened three times for emergency plenary sessions. The first two sittings recorded three motions for proceedings on the impeachment of Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura over a 16-count charge of alleged gross misconduct. The last sitting which held in Karu, outside  the chambers of the assembly complex in Lafia, saw a resolution directing the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Suleiman Dikko, to reconstitute the panel to investigate the allegations contained in the July 14 impeachment notice.
 But the lawmakers kept a distance from the complex of the assembly during the first three days of resumption from the two-month old recess, Daily Trust observed.
 When Daily Trust visited the complex on Monday, Tuesday and yesterday, only staff of the assembly and some legislative aides were available. The Clerk of the House, Ego Mai-Keffi, was not on seat for the three days and has not picked his calls since then.
 It was observed that the chamber where the plenary sessions hold was empty during the three days, as members were unavailable in either their offices or the chambers.
 House Committee Chairman on Information, Mohammed Baba Ibaku (PDP, Udege-Loko) confirmed the August 4 resumption date, just as he confirmed that the House failed to sit, saying members had issues that hindered them from sitting.
 “When we have issues that hinder us from sitting; we cannot sit until we resolve the issues,” Ibaku said.
House Minority Leader, Barrister Tanko Maikatako, told Daily Trust that the fact that the House has not sat is a violation of the House rules which makes it mandatory for members reconvene after recess.

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