Thursday Proceedings at the House of Representatives were disrupted due to power outages in the National Assembly.
The Deputy Speaker Deputy Speaker, Mr. Emeka Ihedioha who presided over the plenary session was forced to adjourn the plenary till Tuesday next week.
However, the Senate ignored the power outage which lasted for up to 15 minutes and continued with proceeding passing Amcon bill into second reading
The outage affected the air conditioning system of the chambers, leaving lawmakers sweating profusely each time it occurred.
Some lawmakers who were prepared to present motions, bills and other issues found it difficult to work as the discomfort in the hot chamber became unbeatable.
The power outage began at around 12 o’clock when the sessions were going on at both chambers.
The lights were restored briefly as soon as Ihedioha and other principal officers settled down for work, but went off again almost immediately.
He tried to continue with the business of the day amid the power interruptions.
At a point, the deputy speaker calmed members by explaining that the electrical system had some faults, which were being traced.
Lawmakers reacted to his explanation by shouting, “the beauty of transformation.”
Several others, apparently from the camp of the All Progressives Congress, mouthed “change will take care of all this.”
The public gallery was full at the time of opening the House on Thursday, but with the heat growing stronger in the enclosed chamber, the visitors left one after another.
Children, who came from the American International School, Abuja, to observe the proceedings of the day, also hurriedly left the place due to the unbreakable heat.
Our correspondent gathered that the National Assembly has of late been grappling with keeping infrastructure like water, power and elevators running efficiently.
It was reliably gathered that National Assembly, its bureaucracy and the National Assembly Service Commission had a budget of N150bn in 2014 to run services, pay salaries, running costs and allowances of senators and members of the House.