NATIONAL ASSEMBLY SITTINGS REDUCED TO ONCE A WEEK DUE TO INSUFFICIENT FUNDS.
Members of the National Assembly might not be able to meet as often as possible.
The Nigerian National Assembly is made up of the The Senate and the House of Representatives. According to the constitution, the National Assembly should have 181 sittings yearly; which is about three sittings per week. In addition to this, any senator who is not on sit for less than one third of the required amount of sittings automatically loses his or her seat.
The Covid lockdown has contributed to the reduction in sittings from thrice per week to once per week but more importantly, insufficient funds is the reason why the sittings has been reduced. This is backed up by the non payment of allowance that are due the lawmakers and other entitlements.
Lawmakers have expressed dissatisfaction with the current financial trend in the National Assembly.
According to The Guardian, this situation is precipitated by the refusal of Zainab Ahmed, the Finance Minister to release the due funds.
Most of the lawmakers expressed their fears of going back to their constituencies due to the pressure that is being mounted on them by their constituents.