“Don’t blame lawmakers, N37bn was approved for rehabilitation of National Assembly complex” – Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan tells Nigerian following flood in NASS complex

The Senate Leader, Ahmad Lawan, has urged  Nigerians to stop blaming the member for the senate for the non-rehabilitation of the National Assembly which led to the leaking of its roof following a downpours on Tuesday.

Many Nigerians had taken to the social media immediately after the report of the leaking roofs hit the media spaces on Tuesday. Watch Video

While reacting to criticism by Nigerian, he said that those blaming the lawmakers were doing so in ignorance.

Speaking at plenary while ruling on a point of order raised on the matter by Senator Sabi Abdullahi, on Wednesday,

He explained that the Federal Capital Development Authority was in charge of the maintenance of the structures in the National Assembly premises.

He said the leadership of the National Assembly, sometime in 2019, met with the President Muhammadu Buhari, on the need to rehabilitate the federal parliament.

He said the President approved N37bn for the rehabilitation of the edifice but that the FCDA was given the responsibility of doing so.

Lawan said, “The fact that there was a leakage to me, is a clear testimony, confirmation and vindication of the position the national assembly took initially.

“Everyone knows that this place is overdue for rehabilitation. We went to see Mr President and he was gracious and he asked us to meet with FCTA, the owners of the building.

“Myself, the speaker, the late chief of staff and Minister of Finance met to look for money for the rehabilitation of the national assembly. When the N37 billion was approved it was not a national assembly budget, it was an FCDA budget.

“If this place leaks, we are not holding our democracy with the respect it has. We expect the press to inform the people responsibly

“This house is the house of Nigerians. It belongs to Nigerians and it deserves to be rehabilitated.”

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