Gbajabiamila kicks as Reps defer sitting over absence of ‘order paper’

Gbajabiamila kicks as Reps defer sitting over absence of ‘order paper’


The absence of ‘order paper’ on Thursday forced the House of Representatives to adjourn plenary till next week.

Order paper is a programme schedule that dictates the proceedings of the plenary.

Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, the Speaker of the lower legislative arm
to the Clerk of the house and other Staff for alleged dereliction of duty.

Channels television said the Speaker who arrived at the Chamber around 11.20 a.m., furiously adjourned plenary over the absence of order paper.

The Chamber was scanty at the time the Speaker got in with few members seated, amidst outrage.

He thereafter ordered the Clerk of the House for not being on his seat when he arrived to see him in his office along with some other Staff.

“I am going to hold you (the Clerk) responsible, I am going to hold whoever is responsible. This House sits at 11.00 am, everybody knows that.

“This is 11:20 am, when I came in, there was nobody on this row. You were not here, none of your deputies were here. The order paper is not ready, we cannot function as a House.

“What kind of thing is that, that we are now forced to adjourn plenary. Everybody should see me in my office, House adjourned till Tuesday,” the Speaker said angrily as adjourned plenary till next week.

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He arrived at the chamber at about 11.20 am, which for many is slightly early than the usual commencement time for plenary, even though plenary is scheduled to commence at 11:00 a.m.

TheNewspad reports that the outcome of the meeting between the Speaker and the Clerk and a few other Staff of the National Assembly, was not made public.

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