Proceedings at the House of Representatives were disrupted today due to frequent power outages. This forced presiding Deputy Speaker, Mr. Emeka Ihedioha, to adjourn the plenary of the House till next week Tuesday. The outages affected the
air conditioning system of the chambers, leaving lawmakers sweating profusely like cows being forced to a slaughter-slab.
At a point, Ihedioha 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,” referring to the slogan of GEJ election campaign. Those from the camp of APC, mouthed “change will take care of all this.”
Children, who came from the American International School, Abuja, to observe the proceedings of the day, also hurriedly left the place due to the unbreakable heat before they turn to assorted barbecue. The National Assembly has of late been grappling with keeping infrastructure like water, power and elevators running efficiently. The Punch findings indicated that alleged “funding challenges” and huge expenditure to run heavy generators in the absence of dependable public power, had drained resources in the last 6 months.
The National Assembly, its bureaucracy and the National Assembly Service Commission had a budget of a token of N150bn in 2014 to run services, pay salaries, running costs and allowances of senators and members of the House….. funny enuf, USA legislators av been going tru similar situation since 10yrs ago n u can never hear them complain……