There was a downpour in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, on Tuesday morning, leading to leaking roofs and flood in some parts of the National Assembly Complex.
The National Assembly lobby which adjoins the Senate and House of Representatives Chambers was flooded.
Some of the other areas affected were the Senate press center; the third and last gate to the premises; as well as the
road linking the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation to the National Assembly.
Reporters saw workers struggling to salvage the situation as they swept and mopped the floor while it rained. They also placed buckets at the leaking spots.
The incident delayed the sitting of the lawmakers who resumed today, June 22 after a one-week break to mark the end
of their second legislative year.
Investigation revealed that last year, there was public outcry against the alleged allocation of N27 billion for the renovation of the National Assembly Complex in Abuja in the 2020 Budget.
The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan said the allocation was because there has been no major renovation of the complex for 20 years, and “many parts of the complex still dilapidated.”
Director General of the Budget Office, Ben Akabueze, later clarified that only N9.2 billion was provided for
renovation/retrofitting of the National Assembly (NASS) complex in the revised budget as against N27 billion.
He further disclosed that “they cut the initial provision of N37bn in the 2020 Appropriation Act for this by 75 per cent
due to the impact of COVID-19 on government revenues.”
By Victoria E.I