Federal Lawmakers Make Big Move as National Assembly Begins Renovation

Federal Lawmakers Make Big Move as National Assembly Begins Renovation

  • Finally, the federal lawmakers would heave a sigh of relief as the renovation of the Assembly complex has commenced
  • This is because the senators and House of Representatives would have to move from their main chambers to a temporary venue to hold their sessions
  • Meanwhile, the National Assembly complex was built in 1999, although it was awarded in February 1996 by the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) during the military regime of late General Sani Abacha at the cost of $35.18 million
  • The first phase was completed in the 90s and the second phase between 2007 and 2011

Senators and House of Representatives members have concluded plans to relocate plenary sessions from their main chambers to temporary venues as the contractor handling the renovation of the National Assembly Complex is set to commence work, Daily Trust reports.

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The National Assembly complex is long due for general maintenance. In 2021, the flooding of the parliament’s White House after a downpour caught headlines.

There had been concerns that the incident, which many described as a national embarrassment, happened despite the billions of naira voted for the general maintenance of the National Assembly complex.

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As National Assembly begins renovation, lawmakers have agreed to move to temporary venues. Photo credit: House of Representatives
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The work

The renovation work, according to the contractors, would last 16 months, with alternative arrangements in place for plenary.

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Move of chambers

A statement from the office of the Clerk to the National Assembly revealed Senators would temporarily conduct plenary at Committee Room 022 on the ground floor of the New Senate Building, while House of Representatives members would use spacious committee rooms on the ground floor of its new wing as plenary venue.

There is also a plan to use teleconferencing technology to link all lawmakers who may not be able to find seat at the Committee Room on to the ground floor, it added.

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In a previous report by Legit.ng, the Senate president, Ahmad Lawan stated that the National Assembly did nothing wrong to adjust the 2022 budget.

Lawan said this while responding to correspondents' question on President Muhammadu Buhari's reservations about the adjustment by lawmakers in the budget.

He noted that the legislature does not necessarily have to agree with the president on every issue, adding that what is most important is that Buhari is pleased with the outcome of the work done.

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In another development, Buhari shared his opinion regarding restructuring the country.

According to Buhari, it pleases him that the Nigerian elite has realised changing the country is a task for everyone.

The president spoke on Sunday, January 30 at a dinner in honour of the 2022 committee of business, political, media and civil society leaders.

Source: Legit.ng

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