- The debate on the proposed N37billion renovation of the National Assembly is still on
- A member of the House of Representatives, Honourable Bamidele Salam, has opposed the renovation plans
- The federal lawmaker stated that it is only the National Assembly chambers that need renovation
A member of the House of Representatives, Honourable Bamidele Salam, has opposed the N37billion renovation of the National Assembly building in Abuja.
Salam who made his position known via his Facebook page stated that it is only the National Assembly chambers that need renovation.
He said he would rather want to see 370,000 small businesses get 100k interest free loan within 12 months from the funds earmarked for the renovation process.
He wrote: “I am a member of the National Assembly but I sincerely do not think we need a 37 billion naira renovation of that edifice.
“Apart from the chambers of the NASS which need some upgrade in the audio and recording system, the entire structure needs no renovation more than our classrooms, hospitals and roads which are mostly in a decrepit condition.
“As an advocate of an aggressive microcredit strategy for job creation, I would rather want to see 370,000 small businesses get 100k interest free loan within 12 months rather than have 1 edifice swallow that sum within the same period.
“If we mop up all funds voted for renovations of the Presidential villa and other offices of political leaders and top civil servants, we will raise more than a quarter of a trillion naira that can be injected into SMEs in the coming year.
“I will, by God's grace, be making this open advocacy on the floor of the House of Representatives when the House reconvenes in January. It is never late to change a wrong policy!”
Meanwhile, as the outrage against the renovation budget continues, the director of information in the National Assembly, Rawlings Agada, has said the approved amount may still not be enough.
Agada said the assembly complex has been dilapidated for many years, stressing that there is a lot of renovation works to be done, adding that things might get out of hand if the renovation is not done.
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