Hopes of early passage of the N8.83 trillion 2019 Appropriation Bill, new National Minimum Wage and other critical bills suffered were dashed, as the National Assembly has announced the postponement of its resumption by one week.

To this, resumption of plenary earlier scheduled for Tuesday, February 19, has been shifted to Tuesday, February 26, 2019.

Bounce News gathered that the shift in the resumption of plenary may not be unconnected with the one-week postponement of the Presidential and National Assembly elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

About 60 serving senators are seeking reelection in the exercise.

Clerk to the National Assembly, Mohammed Sani-Omolori confirmed the postponement in a statement on Sunday.

He said the development became necessary following postponement of the Presidential and National Assembly election rescheduled for this weekend.

“This is to inform all distinguished senators and honourable members that resumption of plenary session earlier scheduled for Tuesday February 19 has been postponed to Tuesday, February 26 due to the postponement of the national elections.

“All distinguished senators and honourable members are expected to resume plenary session by 10 a.m. on February 26 please,” the statement reads.

While the House of Representatives increased the new Minimum Wage from N18,000 to N30,000, the Senate is yet do so, as it referred it to relevant committees for further legislative action.

However, in line with parliamentary rules, the lower legislative chamber is expected to forward its passed version to the upper legislative chamber for adoption.

Also, the House of Representatives has concluded Second Reading on the 2019 appropriation bill while the Senate is yet to do so.

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