By Talatu Bala
The House of Representatives has resolved to admit PresidentMuhammadu Buhari on the floor of the green chambers to present the 2019Appropriation Bill just as Femi Gbajabiamila (APC-Lagos) reports that ongoing strike by workers could not stop the ceremony.
President Muhammadu Buhari had intimated the National Assembly of his desire to present the budget on Wednesday.
The resolution was
ongoing strike motion earlier, Gbajabiamila urged the house to support the motion to enable the president to perform his constitutional functions.
ongoing strike motion was put to a voice vote, while some members in the house were in support, others shouted against the motion.
The deputy speaker, however, ruled to allow the president to present the 2019Appropriation.
FemiGbajabiamila had earlier said that the ongoing strike by members of the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN) would not stop the legislature from sitting.
Gbajabiamilasaid told journalists Tuesday that
He said that the house would sit to pass a resolution to allow President MuhammaduBuhari to present the 2019 Appropriation Bill to the joint session of theNational Assembly on Wednesday.
“Everybody has the right to strike, you cannot take that away from anybody, it is a constitutional right, it is almost a fundamental human right for you to down your tools but that’s where it ends.
“You down your tools but you cannot stop lawmakers from doing their work, that is totally out of the purview of
The leader said that the lawmakers would protect the rights of the striking workers and that the right of lawmakers to sit must also be protected.
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Gbajabiamila explained that the monies being demanded for by the striking workers had nothing to do with the legislators at the National Assembly.
According to him, the Senate, the House of Representatives and the management have separate account and they operate differently.
Theleader said that the lawmakers were only intervening to ensure peace betweenthe workers and the management of the assembly.
Gbajabiamilasaid that the leadership of the National Assembly met yesterday and the matter was being taken care off and that the results were already being seen.