- A lawmaker of the ninth Senate has said that the N37 billion proposed for the renovation of the National Assembly complex is not high
- The lawmaker said the renovation of the complex is long overdue considering that there has never been an upgrade since 1999 when it was built
- The Senate's deputy chief whip also said the National Assembly has continually added value to the development of Nigeria but has nothing to show for it in that regard
The deputy whip of the Senate, Sabi Abdullahi, has said that the proposed N37 billion National Assembly renovation is long overdue.
Abdullahi said the National Assembly complex which was built 20-years ago in 1999 has not enjoyed much focus when it comes to renovations or upgrading the building especially comparing the level of the legislative process taking place in the building.
Speaking on Politics Today, a Channels Television's programme, Abdullahi said it is on record that there has been no form of upgrade on the National Assembly complex.
He said the institution has continually added value to the development of Nigeria but has nothing to show for it in that regard.
Abdullahi said: “The idea of rehabilitating that particular complex is long overdue because this is 20 years now and there was no major rehabilitation done to the structure and it has been serving Nigeria from that period up till now.”
Contrary to the condemnation trailing the amount of money proposed for the renovation of the complex, Senator Abdullahi said the N37 billion earmarked for the structure is not on the high side.
He said the appearance from the outside is contrary to what the inside looks like and that the outcry by Nigerians is not relevant.
“What people see from the outside is not what that building is alone; you need to go inside to understand what that building is before you can think maybe what is being done is on the high side," Senator Sabi said.
“Nigerians do not value the democratic process we have. If they do, they won’t be saying what they are saying," he noted
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The president said the permanent secretaries drawn from six geopolitical zones in Nigeria will soon be sworn in and portfolios will be assigned to them.
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