Again, reps adjourn over faulty microphones

Yakubu Dogara

The house of representatives has adjourned plenary till Tuesday over faulty microphones in the chamber.

The problem has made the lower legislative chamber adjourn plenary for the third time in a week.

On Wednesday, Yakubu Dogara, the speaker, said some microphones were not functioning because they got burnt during a power surge.

The speaker said while the lawmakers were awaiting the manufacturers to fix the problem, technicians in the national assembly were working to find a temporary solution.

“We have been unable to fix the problem because we are not masters of this technology here,” Dogara said.

“I have been told that the microphones on the  rows on my right are not working. Only rows seven to 11 are working. Rows one to six are not functioning.

“The system was fixed in 1999 and this technology has a lock and anything that happens to it, we have to [reach out to the manufacturers]. We are not ashamed to be criticised, we are the house of the people.”

Thereafter, the house took motions that did not have much need for a debate.

Lawmakers had to leave their seats to find microphones that were working. The motions were adopted after putting them to voice votes and the house adjourned till Tuesday.

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