House Resumes, To Begin Second Reading of 2019 Budget Thursday

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By Shola Oyeyipo in Abuja

Barely 20 minutes after the House of Representatives reconvened Wednesday, the lower chamber of the National Assembly adjourned until Thursday, January 17.

The lawmakers also indicated readiness to commence the second reading of the 2019 budget on resumption Thursday when the House reconvenes.

The Speaker, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, who announced the adjournment, said it was in honour of a member representing Ibeju-Lekki Federal Constituency of Lagos State on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Hon. Abayomi Abdul-Kabir Ayeola, who died on December 30, 2018.

He hinted that the House will commence the second reading of the 2019 budget after a valedictory session already slated for Thursday in honour of Ayeola and the late Nigerian civilian president, Alhaji Shehu Shagari.

“I hope copies of the budget have been circulated? If copies of the budget have been circulated, we may have to start the second reading of the budget tomorrow,” Dogara stated.

According to him, “We will set aside some time to pay tribute in form of valedictory session for our brother, Hon. Ayeola and the late president, Alhaji Shehu Shagari.”

The Speaker had read from a letter by the brother of the deceased lawmaker, Mr. Oriyomi Ayeola, officially informing the House about the demise of the late lawmaker at the tail end of last year.