A member of the House of Representatives, Dr. Adewale Elijah-Oluwatayo, has died in Abuja.
He reportedly died on Wednesday but information about the incident filtered into the National Assembly on Thursday.
The deceased, whose profile read that he was born in 1970, represented Ifako-Ijaiye Federal Constituency of Lagos State.
He was the Chairman, Ifako-Ijaiye Local Government Area between 2004 and 2007 before serving as a Special Adviser on Education to the Lagos State Governor from 2009 to 2011.
He was last seen at the National Assembly on Wednesday.
Findings indicated that though the Speaker, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, had been briefed on the sad incident, he did not announce it on the floor to members because the family of the late lawmaker had not been informed.
However, in a condolence message soon after the House rose, Dogara condoled with the family.
The condolence message expressed shock over the death of the lawmaker.
“The late Hon. Elijah died when his services to the nation were most needed.
“We mourn our fallen colleague as one who gave his best in service to God and humanity.
“He was a committed and hard-working member, who championed the cause of his people.
“Our hearts go out to his immediate family, the people of Ifako-Ijaiye Federal Constituency and Lagos State over this great loss.
“I pray God Almighty to give them the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss. We will surely miss him in the Green Chamber,” the message, which was signed by Dogara’s Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Mr. Turaki Hassan, read.
One official stated, “The Speaker received the sad news of his death. What we heard was that he slumped in his house. Yes, he is dead.
“The information was not announced to members because his wife and other family members had not been notified.”
Meanwhile, lawmakers in plenary passed a resolution, calling for a halt in the use of “age discrimination” in employment in the country.
The House said “competence” and other requisite academic qualifications could apply but not the age of the applicants.
The motion on the subject was moved by Namdas.
Giving his defence of the motion, the All Progressives Congress lawmaker from Adamawa State argued that there should be no age limit on employment.
He added, “Most employers of labour will specify age limits. This is not fair to applicants who possess the qualifications for advertised jobs except the age limit.”