- At least three lawmakers from both APC and PDP have kicked against the renovation of the National Assembly with N37 billion
- Akin Alabi, a member of the House of Reps, questioned the huge amount budgeted for the project while revealing that the renovation was not discussed in the House
- Similarly, Legor Idagbo, who is representing Bekwarra, Obanliku and Obudu federal constituency in Cross Rivers state, condemned the huge amount earmarked for the renovation project
The plan by the National Assembly to renovate its complex with N37 billion has continued to generate widespread condemnation, even among federal lawmakers.
Akin Alabi, a member of the House of Representatives, in a tweet he posted on Sunday, December 29, said he saw no reason why such a huge amount should be spent on renovating the National Assembly complex.
Though he admitted that the complex needs an upgrade, he questioned the huge amount budgeted for the renovation project.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmaker representing Egbeda/Ona Area federal constituency, Oyo state, advised that the huge amount should be spent on the education and the health sectors.
"I see no reason why we should spend N37b renovating the National Assembly. Yes, we need an upgrade on some aspects like the electronic systems (sound system, voting system etc) as they are outdated but N37b? No. Let’s spend that on our schools and hospitals," Alabi tweeted.
Alabi also revealed that the budget for the renovation was not debated nor discussed at the National Assembly.
Similarly, Legor Idagbo who is representing Bekwarra, Obanliku and Obudu federal constituency in Cross Rivers state condemned the huge amount earmarked for the renovation project.
Idagbo, who is a member of Peoples Democratic Party PDP), said a renovation project that will gulp N37 billion is not needed while also advocating that the money should be spent on upgrading schools and hospitals, The Guardian reports.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that another member of the House of Representatives, Bamidele Salam, opposed the N37billion renovation project.
Salam, who made his position known via his Facebook page, stated that it is only the National Assembly chambers that needed renovation.
He said he would rather see 370,000 small businesses get 100k interest-free loans within 12 months from the funds earmarked for the renovation process.
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