National Assembly overdue for rehabilitation – Senator Lawan
Ahmad Lawan, President of the Senate, on Wednesday said the National Assembly Complex is overdue for rehabilitation.
Lawan made the comments after a point of order moved by Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, the Deputy Chief Whip of the Senate.
Abdullahi had complained on Tuesday that some media reports about the leakage and flooding of the chambers due to a heavy downpour were full of inaccuracies and therefore impugned the integrity of lawmakers.
The Senate lobby of the National Assembly complex on Tuesday was flooded with water as cleaners battled to stop the water from seeping into the chambers.
The water which had leaked directly from the damaged roof during the rain had Senators coming into the Chambers around 11.00 am, wondering where such an amount of water was coming from.
The maintenance of the National Assembly complex is the function of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA).
A total of N37 billion was budgeted for the maintenance of the complex in the 2020 budget, which elicited wild reactions from the public, including the Civil Society Organisations (CSOs).