The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole, has given the five-man delegation of the House that travelled to see ailing President Umaru Yar’Adua in Saudi Arabia, until Tuesday next week to present its report.

The delegation, led by the deputy House leader, Baba Shehu Agaie, returned to the country last Saturday after six days in Saudi Arabia without seeing Mr. Yar’Adua.

The delegation was expected to present the report last Tuesday but it was moved to Thursday because the report was not ready.

However, at the plenary yesterday, a member of the delegation, Mohammed Ali Ndume, raised a point of order complaining that the presentation of the report was not listed on the Order Paper for the day.

Mr. Ndume, who is also the minority leader of the House, told the House that he had signed the report prepared by the delegation and that its members agreed that it should be presented yesterday. He wondered why the report was not on the agenda of the House.

Just as he spoke, Mr. Bankole asked Mr Agaie to explain why the report was not listed.

Mr. Agaie explained that only three members, namely Muhammed Ndume, Moruf Fatai and himself had signed the report.

He said the remaining two members, Jubril Adamu and Patrick Ikhariale had not signed because they are currently outside the country. According to him, Mr. Ikhariale, who is on official trip to Spain and Mr. Adamu will return this weekend.

Apparently worried by the delay, the Speaker directed the delegation to present the report on Tuesday.

A six-member delegation, drawn from the six geo-political zones, was mandated by the House last month to travel to Saudi Arabia to deliver a goodwill message to the President.

But one of the members, Nnenna Ukeje, could not make the trip over issues bordering on her marital status and conflicting information on travel documents.

The remaining five lawmakers, who left Nigeria on Sunday, February 7 could not meet with Mr. Yar’Adua. It was learnt that they met with his wife, Turai and one of his daughters, with whom they had a prayer session before returning last Saturday.

No intervention in Edo

Also on Thursday, the House thwarted moves by the House Leader, Tunde Akogun, to make the House reverse the suspension of two local government chairmen in Edo State by the governor, Adams Oshiomhole.

Mr. Akogun, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from Edo State, sought to have the suspension debated as a matter of urgent national importance.

He had complained that the manner in which Mr. Oshiomhole dissolves councils and sacks or suspends their chairmen is wrong and warned that if not checked, it could affect the fledgling democracy. He said that the governor removed the two chairmen on Wednesday.

But Mr. Ndume raised a point of order and said that it is a matter that should be handled at the state level. Consequently, members voted against the issue being considered in the House.

The House, however, agreed through a vote to consider a motion of urgent national importance on the recent electrocution of some people in Rivers States on Tuesday. It was brought by Ike Chinwo (PDP, Rivers).

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