Fire Halts National Assembly Sitting As Senators And NASS Staff Are Evacuated

The Senate has suspended its Thursday’s sitting after fire broke out in a section of the National Assembly building.

The fire at the maintenance unit of the Senate building occurred at about 11 a.m.

Lawmakers initially tried to go ahead with its plenary, but were compelled to cut the session short.

After adoption of votes and proceedings, Ibrahim Gobir, Sokoto-APC, moved that the plenary be adjourned due to the “unconducive” state of the chamber.

“The condition is not very conducive because our chambers are there; yesterday we engaged the contractors working in the senate. We believe it is now Saturday they will be able to finish it,” he said.

Senate President, Bukola Saraki, approved the motion.

Bukola-Saraki
Senate President Olubukonla Saraki

He said, “What you presented to us makes sense. Definitely the chamber is not conducive for today’s s activities and as such, I would direct that we adjourn till Tuesday so that between now and the weekend the members of the services and maintenance unit can ensure that we bring the chamber into a conducive environment.”

According to Premium Times reporter, Kemi Busari, staff and other workers were evacuated from the building to avoid being trapped as smoke filled up the walkways.

The cause of the fire is not yet known.

Staff were seen attempting to put out the fire with fire extinguishers.

One staff member familiar with the technical room said the fire started at where air conditioners units serving the assembly are stored.

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