MP’S WERE REMINDED TO SERIOUSLY ADHERE TO THE BUSINESSES OF PARLIAMENT
TUESDAY 6TH DECEMBER 2016
The Speaker of Parliament Hon Ajilon Nasiu has again reminded all MPs that sittings must be seen to start at 9:30am each sitting day requiring punctuality on Parliament's part.
He said this when Parliament resumed on Monday 5th December 2016.
“Honourable Members, according to the Business Paper, there is a lot of business currently before the House. There is a total of 72 Questions on Notice, 11 Bills tabled, including the 2017 Appropriation Bill 2016, and two motions"
Hon. Nasiu told Parliament that "It is always in the best interest of Parliament House that businesses before it are dispatched as soon as practicably possible.
The Speaker strongly announced this in Parliament since there is a lot of government business and questions that is currently before the House to consider.
However, as set down in today’s Order Paper, the Second Reading of the 2017 appropriation Bill 2016 was moved by the Hon. Finance Minister Snider Rini in accordance with the practices of the Honorable House.
That is to say that when a motion for the Second Reading of an Appropriation Bill is moved, proceedings on the Appropriation Bill take precedence over any other motion or Bill.
The Speaker has therefore proceed with the second reading as such is the importance of appropriating funds to supply proposed budget heads that it warrants Parliament to expediently dispose-off relevant matters according to prescribed rules.
On that note, the Speaker Hon. Nasiu again reminded Parliament members on the issue of Quorum or non-attendance and told them to seriously prioritize the businesses of Parliament.
He said this has the effect of dragging the businesses of Parliament thus unnecessarily prolonging meetings.
Hon Nasiu said he will ensure that available procedural tools are not used to unnecessarily curtail the proceedings of Parliament and he is prepared to make necessary rulings to that effect.
Debate on the 2017 Appropriation Bill 2016 is due to commence soon on the coming sitting days.