Nigerians reject lawmakers' plan to spend N37billion on National Assembly renovation - Poll

Nigerians reject lawmakers' plan to spend N37billion on National Assembly renovation - Poll

The president of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, announced on Monday, December 16, that many parts of the National Assembly building are dilapidated and need renovation.

According to him, the renovation will gulp N37billion which he said has already been approved by President Muhammadu Buhari.

He further explained that the money is part of the 2020 budget of the Federal Capital Development Administration (FCDA).

How are Nigerians reacting to this? Legit.ng finds out in a new poll conducted on Facebook and Twitter.

Asked if the lawmakers should get the N37billion approved for the renovation of the National Assembly, 79 percent of the respondents said there is no need to renovate the National Assembly while 21% want the amount reduced.

On Twitter, 51% of the respondents said there is no need for renovation while 35% called for a reduction of the N37 billion budgeted for the project.

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Below is a brief collection of some comments made by the respondents.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that legislative aides to federal lawmakers staged a peaceful protest on Thursday, December 19, to demand payment of backlog of salaries they were being owed.

The aides protested at the National Assembly, displaying placards with various inscriptions such as, “we are aides, not slaves”, “it is a grievous sin to deny workers of their wages".

One of the protesters, who is an aide to a Bayelsa lawmaker in the House of Representatives, Lawson Oviasoje, said the National Assembly management has not paid them for six months.

Oviasoje said the few aides who have been paid were "shortchanged".

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