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Police vacates Niger Assembly complex, members reconvenes

 

Members of the Niger State House of Assembly, on Wednesday, reconvened on the floor of the House under the leadership of the new Speaker, Rt. Hon Isah Kawu.

Members had planned to hold their sitting at the Legislative Quarters, following the continued police occupation and denial of assess to the complex.

As early as 10am, members drove into the Legislative Quarters to the waiting hands of their legislative staff, the Sargent-at-arms and the deputy clerk, in a make shift tent, arranged in a typical Assembly setting.

By 12:05pm, the Speaker directed legislative staff to relocate to the Assembly complex, following a truce reached between the Speaker and the Commissioner of Police, which led to the withdrawal of armed policemen from the complex after eight days of occupation.

At about 1:35pm, the House eventually commenced sitting, after waiting for more than 45 minutes for other members to arrive, in order to have the mandatory quorum needed for sitting.

As the sitting commenced, the Speaker informed the House of two letters from the executive governor of the state, in respect of two bills proposed by the executive. They are bills for the establishment of Niger State Council of Arts and Culture and for the establishment of Niger State Investment Promotion Agency.

Kawu also informed the House of an invitation by the governor to members to attend the commissioning of Shiroro bridge built on River Kaduna. The Speaker urged members to rally round the governor at the occasion.

A motion for debate on the second reading of a bill, for a law to provide for the retirement benefits for Head of Service and Permanent Secretaries, and for connected purposes, was moved by the majority leader, Hon Yusuf Kure and supported by chief whip, Hon. Sadatu Kolo.

The House, after deliberations by members, later referred the bill to House committees on Labour, Judiciary and Rules and Business, with a mandate to involve more stakeholders, and report back to the house in a week’s time.

The house then adjourned sitting to today.

Deputy Speaker and chairman house committee on media, Hon. Bello Ahmed confirmed to newsmen after plenary that the House had planned to sit at the Legislative Quarters before the police withdrew from the complex, paving way for their sitting.

 

He assured the people of the state that the action of the lawmakers was in the interest of tenets of democracy. He maintained that the three arms are independent of one another and that no individual can attempt to use any of the organs against another.

The Assembly complex has been under police occupation following the impeachment of former Speaker, Hon. Adamu Usman.

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