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Leaking Roof: Senate president clears air on alleged N37b NASS renovation budget


By Onuora Aninwobodo

The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, says the leaking roof of the White House in the National Assembly during a heavy downpour yesterday is a clear vindication on the part of the parliament over the general decay of the Assembly complex.

The matter came up again on the floor of the parliament during Wednesday’s plenary when the Senate’s deputy Chief whip, Abdullahi Sabi raised a point of order querying some News reports that followed the incident.

The Lawmaker complained that some news reports have brought about misconceptions in the public space which has made it necessary to set the records straight.

The Senate President said that the renovation of the National Assembly complex is long overdue, 20 years after it was built in 1999.

Speaking on controversial N37billion for the renovation of the complex, lawan stated that it is not the responsibility of the legislature, insisting that the duty lies with the Federal Capital Development Agency (FCDA), that is in charge of Public Buildings in FCT, mandated by President Muhammadu Buhari to carry out the renovation work.

He insisted that the earmarked N37 billion is not on the high side, saying that the appearance of the building from the outside is in contrast to what the inside looks like.

Meanwhile, the FCDA’S Spokesperson, in a recent news interview blamed the reason for the dilapidating roofs of the complex on the cumbersome nature of procurement and approval of the contract by the Federal executive council.

However, the Senate President called on media enthusiasts to apply professionalism in the dissemination of information to the general public.