House of Reps installs technology in chamber to aid proceedings

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Abuja  -Speaker of the House of Representative, Femi Gbajabiamila, the house has installed the chamber to aid proceedings the house.


Gbajabiamila, who led journalists inspection of the newly installed electronic system Friday Abuja said “it is a promise kept’’.


He said that the move became because what it had before now the chamber was obsolete for any legislative house.


“This is one of the things we promised we will do in the 9th assembly and we are happy that this can be found in any advanced democracy,’’ he said.


The speaker said that one of his promises was to adopt e-voting, adding that whatever that was needed during proceeding had been provided by the system.


“With this system, we can do a lot of magic, I can even shutdown your camera, especially those zooming eating groundnut during proceeding,” he said.


Gbajabiamila said that the system provided capacity for to research the floor any or references they so desired, adding that e-attendance was also included to know the number of present.


“We have e-attendance, so rather signing manually on papers, you can do that the system, your bio data is captured and mark attendance using your thumb,” he said.


Gbajabiamila said that foreigners who came to the chamber to witness proceedings without the knowledge of English language could also switch to the language of choice.


“The system has the capacity to translate to whatever language the foreigner speaks so that such individual can follow discussion,” he said.


Rep. Benjamin Kalu, the spokesperson of the house said before now, members would have to carry hard copies of the ’s constitution, house rule and legislative agenda.


Kalu said members carrying hard copies of the house code of conduct and list of members “has stopped with the newly installed system, it is no longer obtainable as that era has gone.’’


He said that members would be trained on how to the system, adding that “the system is user-friendly’’.


“We are going to have a session on where every member will be trained by the technologists,” he said.


The system will be used for e-voting, provide order paper, documents and house rule among others. (NAN)