No money released for NASS renovation -Official

Sen. Ajibola Basiru, Chairman, Senate Committee on and Public , has denied speculation that N37 billion has released for the renovation of the National Assembly complex.

Bashiru said this a statement Abuja on Wednesday.

“Contrary to the widespread falsehood peddled both mainstream and online as a fall of the reported incident of leaking roof of the National Assembly Complex after a heavy downpour on Tuesday.

“It is pertinent to inform the public National Assembly and its is not responsible for the maintenance and renovation of the complex and they have not received N37 billion or any for the renovation of the complex.

“While it is true that an initial appropriation of the above stated sum was made due to the decaying nature of the complex which has not witness any major maintenance or overhauling since construction, the said was reduced to N9 billion after the breakout of COVID-19 pandemic.

“Even with this reduction, the sum of N9 billion or any is yet to be cash backed or released to the National Assembly.

“None of this amount is even appropriated for the National Assembly bureaucracy or its ,” he said.

He said complex was a national monument under the control of the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA).

essence, the FCDA is responsible for its maintenance as well as renovation and not the of the National Assembly as falsely bandied about,” he said.

Basiru said leakage witnessed at the foyer of the assembly on Tuesday, has justified the apprehension of the leadership of the national assembly and the FCDA and further underscored the for an urgent intervention revamping the dilapidated structures at the complex.(NAN)