Again, Reps adjourn plenary over microphones hitches
NEWS DIGEST–The dysfunctional audio system at the House of Representatives on Tuesday marred the day’s plenary session.
The wireless microphones, which were made available to serve as an alternative to the ones connected to the seats in the chamber, also malfunctioned.
The development forced the lawmakers to adjourned plenary for the second time in two weeks.
Our correspondent observed that no fewer than three wireless microphones were interchanged as each of them failed during the session.
There were instances where members who wanted to speak had to relocate to other seats where their microphones were barely working.
For instance, after Mr Garba Datti Muhammed had led the debate for the second reading of the bill for an Act to prohibit the killing and exportation of donkeys or its carcasses or derivatives out of Nigeria.
The Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, called on only a lawmaker whose seat had a functional microphone to speak.
“Seconder, where microphone is,” Dogara said.
The Speaker told Mr Mohammed Monguno, who raised his hand to indicate interest to speak, said, “Mr Mohammed Monguno, yours should work, check.”
The defective microphones had thwarted the proceedings on Wednesday last week, forcing the chamber to adjourn plenary to the next day.
The Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, had said the Green Chamber had to halt proceedings as most of the microphones were faulty. He explained that the malfunction was as a result of power surge which had affected the panel of some of the microphones.
Dogara said the microphones were installed in 1999, and that the replacement panels would take three weeks to arrive Nigeria from Germany.
Ahead of Thursday plenary, the Speaker had urged lawmakers to sit in the front row as the few functioning microphones would all be transferred to the front seats.
Dogara, at the opening of the session, read a letter from President Muhammadu Buhari notifying the lawmakers on his decision to withdraw assent to a bill seeking to establish the Institute of Chartered Biochemists and Molecular Biologists of Nigeria.