On Tuesday morning, there was a rain in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, which inundated various portions of the National Assembly Complex.
The central foyer of the building’s ‘White House’ portion, which connects the Senate and House of Representatives chambers, was inundated.
The third and last gates to the premises, as well as the road connecting the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and the National Assembly, were particularly inundated.
As the National Assembly returns after a mid-term vacation, the Senate resumed plenary on Tuesday, while the House will begin on June 28, 2021.
While it rained, workers from the two private cleaning companies hired by the complex were busy scrubbing the floor in the lobby.
Several spots on the iconic green roof had water dripping from them. Some senators stood by and observed as workers battled to keep the floor dry.
The downpour caused delays in legislative operations at the House, as many committees that had scheduled meetings and hearings for the morning were forced to postpone them due to several staff and visitors becoming stranded in their vehicles.
For example, the House Committee on Disabilities was set to launch an investigation into 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 a.m., the event had to start at 12:15 p.m.
The House Committees on Communications, Justice, Information and Culture, and National Security and Intelligence, which were scheduled to undertake an investigation into the Federal Government’s recent ban on Twitter, moved the meeting from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
By Olutayo Olusanya