Power failure forces Reps to adjourn sitting

It was gathered that the Proceedings of the House of Representatives were disrupted on Thursday due to frequent power outage. The development forced presiding Deputy Speaker, Mr. Emeka Ihedioha, to adjourn the plenary of the House till Tuesday next week.

The outage affected the air conditioning system of the chambers, leaving lawmakers sweating profusely each time it occurred. Members who had motions, bills and other issues to present also found it difficult to work as the discomfort in the hot chamber became unbearable.

Newsmen observed that the problem started before Thursday’s session began around 12pm. Power was restored briefly as soon as Ihedioha and other principal officers settled down to work, but went off again almost immediately.

He tried to continue with the business of the day amid the power interruptions. At a point, the deputy speaker calmed members by explaining that the electrical system had some faults, which were being traced.

Lawmakers reacted to his explanation by shouting, “the beauty of transformation.” Several others, apparently from the camp of the All Progressives Congress, mouthed “change will take care of all this.” The public gallery was full at the time of opening the House on Thursday, but with the heat growing stronger in the enclosed chamber, the visitors left one after the other.


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