Lagos Lawmakers Delay Sitting Over Creation Of Committees

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Members of the Lagos State House of Assembly yesterday delayed sitting following grievances over the setting up of committees of the House.

Majority Leader of the House, Ajibayo Adeyeye had on Monday moved for the adjournment of sitting till yesterday after Governor Babatunde Fashola presented the 2012 budget proposal to the House.

Yesterday’s sitting which was supposed to begin at 10 a.m. did not commence until the evening.

Speaker of the House, Adeyemi Ikuforiji, who came into the Assembly at 11.07 a.m. called for an executive session to deliberate on the committees.

One of the lawmakers who spoke on condition of anonymity said without the formation of the committees, the 2012 budget proposal cannot be approved.

Some of the old members of the House, P.M.NEWS gathered, were not happy with the committees given to them and this almost resulted in fighting among them. Some of them walked out and promised not to attend the formal sitting of the day.

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“I remembered that we told the principal office holders that favourable consideration should be given to the old lawmakers before anything else.

“Some of my colleagues are not happy with the particular committees allocated to them and the leadership of the House is not finding it easy resolving the issue.

“The situation was very tense yesterday but it took the wisdom of some of us to put the members together again,” the source added.

The House, however, reconvened in the evening and adjourned till 5 December to enable them review the House rules. They also put on hold the setting up of the committees till they resume.

— Eromosele Ebhomele