N37 billion for renovation budget was not discussed in House - Says Lawmakers

At least two other House of Representatives members have spoken against the plans to spend N37 billion for the renovation of the National Assembly complex.

Akin Alabi from Egbeda/Ona Area Federal Constituency, Oyo State and Legor Idagbo from Bekwarra, Obanliku and Obudu Federal Constituency, Cross Rivers State, has speak out their minds, saying spending such amount on the renovation is in not in the best interest of the country.

Alabi, a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress, in a tweet said there was “no reason” the National Assembly should spend such to renovate the complex.

Yes, we need upgrade on some aspects like the electronic systems (sound system, voting system etc) as they are outdated but N37b?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 revealed that the budget was not debated nor discussed at the National Assembly.

The house doesn’t knows about the Renovation of National Assembly is not debated on the floor of the house,” he said while answering queries from one his followers on why he had not stood against while the budget was presented in the House.

Also, Idagbo, a member of Peoples Democratic Party, said the lawmakers complex does not “needs [sic] any renovation that would cost the country N37bn.”

We need more upgraded classrooms and hospitals to cater for the Nigerian people,” Idagbo also opined.

Their disavowal of the budget for the complex renovation came a few hours after the another House of Representatives member Bamidele Salam, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party representing the Federal Constituency of Ede North/Ede South/Egbedore/Ejigbo, said the National Assembly does not need the huge-amount of the renovation of that edifice.

Salam reacting to this via a post on his Facebook account on Sunday, he said; Except the Chambers of the NASS which need little upgrade in the audio and recording part, And moreover our schools classroom, hospitals and roads which are mostly in a decrepit condition need more renovations than the complex.

Salam said he will put opinion forward on the floor of the House of Representatives when the House reconvenes in January.

The allocation was first mentioned by the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, who said president Muhammadu Buhari approved the amount of N37 billion for the renovation of the complex after lawmakers asked him to give more details on the poor condition of the legislative building in Abuja.

The budget has since attracted widespread condemnations from man Nigerians who took to social media to speak against such spending by the lawmakers.

While Lawan is talking about the budget, He told journalists that for that past 20-years, the the building hasn’t been renovate and some parts of the complex had become dilapidated.

He further added that the first renovation will commence at the chambers and committee rooms in the White House. ₦37 billion was sourced and was given. And the project was put under the FCT, not the national assembly. What we only required is to have the complex renovated.

Immediately we finished work at the phase 1, the we will move to phase 2. And moreover It is not under the control of the National Assembly. Moreover that complex is a national asset and is for the FCDA to take care. He said.

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