Buhari aware of N37bn NASS renovation project- Lawan

Yusuf Bello| Senate president, Ahmad Lawan, on Wednesday revealed that President, Muhammadu Buhari is aware of the planned renovation of the National Assembly complex in 2020 expected to cost N37bn.

The N37bn budgeted for the project is included in the Federal Capital Development Agency 2020 budget.

The senate president who made the disclosure while speaking with newsmen said the complex, built about 20 years ago, is in a dilapidated state.

He said, “When we resumed office (at) the National Assembly Complex, we noticed that many parts of the National Assembly complex were dilapidated.

“We convened a meeting involving the management of the National Assembly, the Federal Capital Development Authority, Speaker of the House of Representatives and I.

“We had an exhaustive engagement. The Speaker and I later met with Mr. President and we told him the situation of the complex.

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“Since the takeover of the complex, there was never, ever, any major rehabilitation or renovation, 20 years ago.

“Mr. President responded by telling us that he was going to renovate the National Assembly.

“We went back to continue the engagement with the National Assembly management and the FCDA.

“Eventually, we took what is required to renovate the phase one of the project.

“This includes the two chambers, the dome, and other committee rooms and offices within the White House.

“N37bn was sourced and was approved and put under the FCT, not under the National Assembly.”

“All we require is to have the National Assembly complex renovated, including the reconfiguration of the two chambers and of the Press Centre.

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“We have the opportunity, after 20 years, to embark on the renovation of phase one (of the) building of the National Assembly. When we are through with the phase one, we will go to phase two.

“The National Assembly complex is a national asset being managed by the FCDA.”

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