With the 2020 budget approved by President Muhammadu Buhari, a total sum of N37 billion is however not part of the N128 billion allocated for the National Assembly for next year which is meant to be spent on the renovation of the National Assembly complex.
The money is instead part of the 2020 budget of the Federal Capital Development Administration, the Senate president, Ahmad Lawan, said.
Dr Rawlings Agada said The National Assembly needs a lot of work. “I don’t think even that amount of money can take care of all those things because even the dome has been leaking and there is fear that if the repairs are not done, we might suffer greater problem in the future.”
“The president responded and said he was going to renovate the complex. The phase one renovation will commence – the chambers and committee rooms in the white house.
“N37 billion was sourced and was given. It was put under the FCT, not national Assembly. All we required is to have the complex renovated.
In recent weeks, lawmakers have called for urgent renovation of the chambers where they hold plenary meetings. A number of times, during plenary, senators have complained about malfunctioning microphones in the chamber.
This renovation comes at a time when Nigerians have accused members of the National Assembly of inflating the figures of the 2020 budget before passage.
The National Assembly increased the budget 2020 from N10.33 trillion as proposed by the executive to N10.6 trillion.