Faulty Microphones Stop Reps Sitting

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By; IYOKPO J. EGBODO, Abuja

The House of Representatives sitting was on Wednesday stalled by malfunctioning microphones in its chamber.

The system has been experiencing a lot of challenges over time, especially a poor audio output system that keep media men and visitors at the gallery with strained ears to listen to debate of members.

It took the Deputy Speaker, Lasun Yussuff several failed attempts at using different microphone points on Wednesday, when he wanted to make contribution to debate on a Bill seeking to stop age discrimination in employment exercises.

Yussuff’s experience forced Speaker Yakubu Dogara, who was presiding called for suspension of the sitting for this morning.

The Speaker said it was obvious that it would be challenging for the proceeding to continue, adding that it would however take at least three weeks for replacement equipment to arrive form Germany, from where the one in use was procured.

According to him, the failing was understandable because the system was installed since 1999, and has worn out, but advised members that since more of the microphones picking up were in the front rows, they would have to swap their personal allocated seats for the front ones as they resume sitting today.

“I was told the equipment will take three weeks to arrive from Germany. Since most of the microphones working are in the front, members are advised to move forward tomorrow”, the Speaker said, as he followed by directing Chairman of the Committee on Rules and Business, Hon. Edward Pwajok to move a motion to the effect that the remaining items on the day’s Order Paper be stepped down.

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