Some House of Representatives members have protested alleged discrimination in seats and offices’ allocation.
The lawmakers, numbering about 100 who openly protested against the perceived tendencies on Tuesday, July 4, 2023, said the ugly trend was capable of causing setbacks in legislative activities.
The House Committee on Welfare, chaired by Rep. Olawale Raji (APC-Lagos), was saddled with the responsibility of allocation of seats for members.
The protesting lawmakers were mostly first-timers, who described the seats allocated to them at one of the temporary chambers as unconducive as they were allocated seats on the third floor.
Also, some of the lawmakers protested against the allocation of offices to the members.
According to the list issued by the Welfare Committee, 240 members were allotted for the second floor, while a few members, including some first-timers, were allocated seats on the ground floor.
Responding to the development, the Speaker of the House, Tajudeen Abbas, called for calm, while assuring that the main Chamber which is currently undergoing renovation, would be completed before the House resumed from recess.