By Dare Lawal
The management of Nigeria’s National Assembly has sent a memo to all members of the House of Representatives asking them to pack their personal belongings out of their offices latest Monday, May 18 (today).
The directive is believed to be in order for the offices to be renovated, name tags changed, offices relocated as some ranking members will change office, among other things.
The aides of the lawmakers received the memo on their behalf and most have moved their personal effects, especially those who would not be returning to the National assembly.
Up to 65 per cent of lawmakers will not be returning.
According to The Punch:
One official, who did not want to be named, claimed that the directive was “procedural” and meant to prepare the offices for re-allocation in the weeks ahead.
The official explained, “We have to prepare the offices because there is a lot of work ahead to be done.
“We are welcoming a new House. Most of the offices will be re-allocated. The name tags will change. Some ranking members will have to change offices.
“The same thing will apply to the sitting arrangements in the chambers. If we don’t start work now, we will not meet up with the schedule before the inauguration of the 8th Assembly.”
The official added that, “with or without memo,” it was expected that members would start moving their belongings out of the offices since the tenure was over.
When contacted, the Chairman, House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Mr. Zakari Mohammed, confirmed knowledge of the memo, but he dismissed it as “nothing serious.”
He said, “That one (memo) is nothing serious. I think it has to do with some renovations or repairs that they have to do in some of the offices.
“It is just to say, ‘give some space for the repairs’, a normal thing that happens.”