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Ita Enang denies proposing  2011 rules for 9th assembly inauguration

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Ita Enang denies proposing  2011 rules for 9th assembly inauguration 
 
By Steve Oko 
 The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters(Senate), Sen. Ita Enang,  has said that he did not propose the use of the 2011 Standing Rule for the inauguration of 9th National Assembly. 
Senator  Enang, gave the clarification in a statement on Monday in Abuja.
His words : “At no time did I say that the National Assembly should use the 2011 standing orders to inaugurate the 9th Assembly.
 “That is outside my mandate, either as a functionary of the Government or as a presenter on the occasion.
 “I pray that all persons expressing an opinion on the current and incoming legislature should please accord same decorum due to legislators and the Legislature. 
He noted that a substantial part of the body of the story were submissions he made during the orientation programme for national assembly members-elect, but that the headline was at variance with the story and against his submissions.
 “As liaison, for every person relating with the legislature and legislators, our words and intervention should be solving, temperate, conciliatory, warm, inviting and deferring to the distinguished and honourable members. 
“I, therefore, would not use words of the nature referenced, more so, as the legislators-elect of both majority and minority parties on the floor of each chamber have closed ranks across party lines. 
” As they have resolved to act in the best interest of parliamentary tradition as one house narrowing party divide, in the interest of the Nation, all towards the expected end. 
“At the orientation seminar, I delivered a paper on Parliamentary practice,” he said. 
Enang further said:  “His Excellency, Sen. Ike Ekweremadu, the Deputy President of the Senate was the chairman of the session.
 “An issue arose as to the Senate or House Rules being used during inauguration of the Assembly. ” 
The issue was whether the rules left by the immediate proceeding Assembly or whether the Assembly to be inaugurated can amend their Rules or indeed make new rules to adopt the method of voting.
 “The Deputy Senate President submitted that the management can make new Rules and use same during the inauguration of the new Assembly. 
“I, however, said in view of the provision of Section 60 of the 1999 Constitution, the management or clerk cannot make new rules during the interregnum between the presidential proclamation dissolving the Assembly and another presidential proclamation convening the Assembly. 
 “The section says, subject to the provisions of this Constitution, the Senate or the House of Representatives shall have the power to regulate its own procedure, including the procedure for summoning and recess of the House.” 
“And that the National Assembly referred to in the constitution refers to elected members who have been sworn in and taken seats, and not management. 
” The senators-elect and members-elect, having not been sworn-in and legally not yet known to law as legislators cannot on the day of inauguration and before taking the oath amend the rules or adopt new Rules.”
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