Uproar in House of Representatives over sitting arrangement, office allocation

By Femi Ogunshola
Abuja, July 5, 2023(NAN) Some House of Representatives members in Abuja on Tuesday  protested against alleged discrimination in allocation of seats and offices for the members.
The lawmakers, numbering about 100 who openly protested against the perceived tendencies, said the urgly trend  was  capable of causing setback on legislative activities.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the House Committee on Welfare, chaired by Rep. Olawale Raji (APC-Lagos), was saddled with the responsibility of allocation of seats for members.
The protesting  lawmakers were mostly first timers, who described  the seats allocated to them at one of the temporary chambers as unconducive as they were allocated seats in the third floor.
Also Some of the lawmakers  protested against allocation of offices to the  members.
 According to the list issued by the Welfare Committee, 240 members were allotted for the second floor, while a few members, including some first timers, were allocated seats on the ground floor.
Responding to the development, the Speaker of the House,  Rep. Tajudeen Abbas, called for calm, while  assuring that the main Chamber which is currently undergoing renovation, would be completed before the House resume from  recess.
 Rep. Khadijat Bukar-Ibrahim, Chairman, Ad hoc Committee on Media,  said that there was a slight uproar during the plenary session.
 She said the allocation of offices is the responsibility of the Welfare Committee which had actually done the work and allocated offices to each and every member.
“And as far as the seats are concerned, you know we are in a temporary seating area, so there are not enough seats for all members to sit downstairs. So, some have to be accommodated upstairs.
“So, there was a slide uproar not a huge one about not hearing the mic from the  downstairs,” She said.
“Mr. Speaker  had since directed that  members  should occupy any seat they find downstairs and everybody was happy,” Bukar-Ibrahim added.