REPS NEWS: House goes on break again for oversight as recording system breaks down
LEGISREPORTS NG – Barely four days after it resumed from almost two months of recess, the House of Representatives has adjourned plenary sitting for two weeks.
This development came on a day that the sound recording system of the House broke down irretrievably forcing the lawmakers to abort ongoing consideration of reports of committees.
The two weeks break from plenary is to enable the members undertake on oversight duties to Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to ascertain the level of implementation of the 2013 budget, according to the speaker, Hon. Aminu Tambuwal.
At resumption on Tuesday, the speaker in his welcome speech told his colleagues that the quality of life and standard of living of Nigerians is still very unpalatable and that there was the need for members to go round MDAs to gauge the level of compliance with the 2013 appropriation act by the executive.
But according to parliamentary sources, the oversight visit ordered by the speaker is to enable parliament have a clear idea of the implementation of the budget especially as the president is expected to send proposals for the 2014 appropriation act soon.
President Goodluck Jonathan had sent the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) to the House on Tuesday as read out in a letter by the speaker. The MTEF is required by law to be submitted by the executive before the annual budget is presented.
The recording system in the House broke down and refused to come back on after there was a brief power outage while session was ongoing. Efforts to restore the system failed after the light was restored forcing the House to adjourn proceedings abruptly.
This report was prepared by our reporter in the national assembly