Following the leaking of its roof after a downpour on Tuesday, the National Assembly has reacted Wednesday that money has not been released to renovate its Assembly complex.
This was revealed in a statement signed on Wednesday by Senate Spokesperson Senator Surajudeen Ajibola Basiru.
Also, the lawmakers stated that the National Assembly and its leadership is not responsible for the maintenance and renovation of the Complex adding that they have not received a sum of N37 billion or any amount for the renovation of the Complex.
The Full Statement reads thus:…
NATIONAL ASSEMBLY IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE MAINTENANCE AND RENOVATION OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY COMPLEX
….NO MONEY RELEASED FOR THE RENOVATION OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY
Contrary to the widespread falsehood being peddled both in the mainstream and online media as a fall out of the reported incident of the leaking roof of the National Assembly Complex after a heavy downpour on Tuesday, 21 June 2021, it is pertinent to inform the General Public that the National Assembly and its leadership is not responsible for the maintenance and renovation of the National Assembly Complex and they has not received a sum of 37 billion nairas or any amount for the renovation of the Complex.
While it is true that an initial appropriation of the above-stated sum was made due to the decaying nature of the National Assembly Complex, which has not witnessed any major maintenance or overhauling since construction, the said amount was reduced to 9 billion naira after the breakout of COVID-19 pandemic. Even with this reduction, the sum of 9 billion or any amount is yet to be cash-backed or released to the National Assembly. None of this amount is even appropriated for the National Assembly bureaucracy or its leadership.
It must be reiterated that the National Assembly Complex is a National Monument that falls under the purview of control of the Federal Capital Development Agency. In essence, the FCDA is responsible for its maintenance as well as renovation and not the Leadership of the National Assembly as being falsely bandied about.
The leakage witnessed at the foyer of the National Assembly yesterday justifies the apprehension of the leadership of the National Assembly and the FCDA and further underscores the need for urgent intervention in revamping the dilapidated structures within the complex before it falls into further dilapidation with the attendant huge cost of a possible replacement.
Senator Surajudeen Ajibola Basiru Ph.D.
Dated this 23rd day of June 2021