Sallah: Reps extend resumption date by a week

The House of Representatives has postponed its resumption from annual recess due to the forthcoming Eid El-Kabir celebrations, The Punch reports.

The members of the green chamber of the legislature proceeded on their annual recess on July 20 and were scheduled to reconvene on September 13.

A senior National Assembly official stated on Sunday, “The Sallah proper will be on Monday, September 12, just one day to the original resumption date.

“Taken that the Federal Government will naturally declare Monday and Tuesday (September 13) as public holidays to mark the Sallah, it is no longer feasible for the House to reconvene on September 13.

“We are now looking at a date from Tuesday, September 20.”

A former Deputy Minority Whip of the House, Mr Garba Dhatti, confirmed on Sunday that the resumption would be delayed by “three weeks.”

Dhatti, who is still a serving member, stated, “The end of recess will now be up to three weeks (September 20).

“It has to be after Sallah, which you know is Monday (September 12).”

The postponement would lead to a delay of the 360-member house deliberating on the allegations made against Speaker Yakubu Dogara and nine other principal officers of the House.

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