As recorded cases of the Novel Coronavirus, COVID-19, increase in the Country, the House of Representatives of the 54th Legislature says it is considering further legislative and administrative adjustments in the workings of the Legislature affecting its assembly for sessions and other oversight responsibilities.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dr. Bhofal Chambers divulges that both Houses of the Legislature have finalized and constituted their respective oversight committees to work with the Executive Branch of Government to meet for review and evaluation of the full compliance of the State of Emergency declared by the President, which subsequently got the concurrence of both Houses of the Legislature.
Amongst other things, Speaker Chambers says the body looks forward to some adjustments of its activities, which include the reductions in weekly sessions to once a week and is also considering to conduct its Plenary electronically, that is via a secured internet media platform which will record and track the activities of every lawmaker signing on and deliberating.
Speaker Chambers has also divulged that the administration of the Legislature remains in place and effective, despite the adjustment. He says all other business issues, including payment of legitimate vendors, procurement, maintenance, and security of the Building still remain the House’s priority. The Speaker has indicated that all vendors of the House of Representative with claims of payment are presently being reviewed for timely intervention, to include the recent development concerning Mr. Gus A. Winn and his Company whose services were contracted to paint or give the Capitol Building a facelift.
Speaker Chambers has, at the same time, made it clear that at no time did he order any act of excessive force against anyone because it is not his character. The Speaker has however stated that the unfortunate situation involving Mr. Gus. A Winn contractor to the House of Representatives was strange and it attracted the attention of State Security along with the Sergeant-at-Arms of the House of Representatives, who professionally persuaded Mr. Winn to leave the premises of the Capitol Building, as his behavior was not in line with what would enhance the sanity and sanctity of the House. In short, Mr. Winn action was deleterious to the running of the House of Representatives.