Leke Baiyewu, Abuja
The House of Representatives on Wednesday adjourned plenary over failure of the public address system in the chamber.
The technical itch, which has persisted for about three weeks, had forced the House to adjourn plenary three times within one week.
The lawmakers had earlier adjourned on Wednesday last week and on Tuesday this week.
The audio system attached to more than half of the seats in the chamber had been malfunctioning, making members who wanted to speak to relocate to other seats with functional microphones.
After saying the opening prayers on Wednesday, the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, announced that the chamber would have to adjourn sitting to Tuesday, with the hope that a temporary solution would be put in place.
Dogara noted that the system was manufactured in Germany and only the producer could supply a new one to the chamber. He also noted that the system was installed in 1999.
He said, “We are still grappling with the problem relating to the public address system and unfortunately, up till now, we have been unable to fix the problem.
“The technical department has done all within its power. I have been told that the row (section) on my right to the isle; the microphones from the first row to the sixth row are not functioning. And if we have want to sit there, almost all the rows there will be empty and the entire people at the front will have to vacate their seniority on the floor and move backward.
“We will take the two matters of urgent public importance and then, we will have to adjourn the House so that the technicians can make an improvisation relating to the public address system.”
“By the time we reconvene, hopefully Tuesday next week, all the reports from the heads of the committees should be ready for presentation.”
Dogara thereafter asked that only items listed on the Order Paper, which did not require debates, should be treated.