President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, says the parliament is ready to reconvene, if there are pressing national issues requiring the legislature’s attention.
Saraki said this while answering questions from journalists at a news conference in Abuja on Wednesday.
There have been several calls from the presidency for the assembly to reconvene to approve funds for the 2019 general elections as requested by President Muhammadu Buhari on July 24.
The presidency has also said that there other urgent matters needing the lawmakers’ attention, which if not treated, could affect the country adversely.
The assembly commenced its annual recess on July 24 to resume on Sept. 25 in line with its calendar.
Saraki, however, said it was difficult to understand why the nation would shutdown because the National Assembly was on recess.
He said that the assembly adjourned two days before the scheduled date but ensured that the Electoral Bill was passed.
Saraki said that the bill was the only pending issue before the assembly and that it was passed before the lawmakers commenced recess.
On the request for more funds for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), he said it was amazing that people were not asking what INEC was doing that they did not submit their request until the lawmakers embarked on recess.
He said from January through June, the lawmakers were on ground and that nobody from the Executive made any request regarding additional funds for the INEC.
Saraki said that in the interest of the country, the leadership of the assembly would meet with INEC “and if there is need to reconvene, the legislators will”.
He said that the assembly “wants free and fair elections and allegations claiming that the institution is trying to sabotage INEC are not true”.