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Power failure disrupts Enugu House session on budget

By The Citizen
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Power failure on Tuesday disrupted the budget  session of the  Enugu State House of Assembly , forcing the lawmakers to adjourn their sitting to Thursday, Jan. 30.

The blackout commenced about 20 minutes into the sitting, after two members) made their contributions on the 2014 appropriation bill.

The members are, Mr Donatus Uzogbado (PDP-Oji River), and Mrs Cecilia Ezeilo (PDP-Ezeagu) had barely finished their submissions when the lights went off.

Mr Paul Ogbe,  (PDP-Enugu South Urban),had just been recognised to make his contribution when the lights went off.

Following the development, the Majority Leader, Mr Sunday Ude-Okoye (PDP-Awgu North), thereafter moved a motion for temporal suspension of the debate for the day.

The motion was seconded by the Deputy Leader, Mr John -Kelvin Ukuta (PDP-Uzo-Uwani) and the legislators moved out of the chamber.

The lawmakers resumed the plenary session about 30 minutes only for the power supply to fail again when Mrs Lydia Omeje-Ogbu (PDP-Nsukka West) was making her contributions to the budget.

The situation forced then the lawmakers to adjourn sitting to Thursday, Jan. 30.

Some of the assembly staff described the development as `embarrassing' because such situation had never been recorded before or during any plenary session of the assembly.

An official source from the assembly said that the generator normally used in such circumstances, might have developed fault.

He said that efforts would be made to repair the generator to forestall future occurrence.