FG Okays N9.2bn for NASS renovation, rules out N37bn request

By Tunde Olorungbotemi

The N37billion vote for the renovation of the National Assembly in the 2020 budget, the decision angered Nigerians, most of whom expressed their disdain for the decision they described as a misplaced priority, the federal government may have slashed the request to N9.2billion.

The controversial N37 billion is different from the N128 billion originally allocated for the federal legislature in the appropriation bill.

Addressing journalists Sunday in Abuja ahead of the first anniversary of the Ninth Senate scheduled for Thursday, Senate President Ahmad Lawan said the new allocation-N9.2billion- had been accommodated in the revised appropriation bill for the lawmakers’ approval.

He said:
”The renovation was misunderstood but sometimes you allow criticisms so that you give the people the feeling that this is democracy and people criticized it, we took it very calmly.

“It’s not a National Assembly building, it’s an FCDA building. We need to ensure that something as important as an arm of government, the people’s complex, is not allowed to deteriorate. N37 billion was estimated by the FCDA to be expended to rehabilitate the National Assembly complex because they have the technical capacity and this is their building just like the Presidential Villa. They maintain it. So it’s not our own.”

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