National Assembly Complex Flooded, Reps Delay Hearings

National Assembly
Following the heavy downpour in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory on Tuesday, several parts of the National Assembly Complex were flooded forcing the representatives to delay hearings.

The central lobby at the ‘White House’ section of the building, which adjoins the Senate and House of Representatives chambers, was flooded. Other areas affected by the flood include the third and last gate to the premises as well as the road linking the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation to the National Assembly.

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Workers of the two private firms engaged for cleaning services at the complex were seen at the lobby busy mopping the floor while it rained. As the workers struggle to keep the floor dry, water could still be seen dropping from several points on the famous green roof.

The downpour delayed legislative activities at the House because several committees which had scheduled the meetings and hearings for the morning were forced to delay the events. Several workers and guests were also said to have been trapped in their vehicles.

The House Committee on Disabilities, which was to begin an investigative hearing on ‘The Need to Investigate the Alleged Violation of the Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Act by the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria and Private Airline Operators’ at 11 am could not commence until about 12:15 pm.

Also, the House Committees on Communications; Justice; Information and Culture; and National Security and Intelligence, which were to hold an investigative hearing on the recent ban placed on Twitter by the Federal Government shifted the event from 10 am to 1 pm.