Lawan: Don’t blame us for National Assembly roof leak

lawan don't blame us for national assembly roof leak
lawan don’t blame us for national assembly roof leak

Ahmad Lawan has urged Nigerians to stop criticizing the National Assembly management for the leaky roof.

After Tuesday’s downpour, the roof over the National Assembly chambers started leaking, causing the lobby to flood.

Many Nigerians and civic groups described the incident as a national embarrassment.

Reacting to the media reports on the incident, the Deputy Whip of the Senate, Senator Sabi Abdullahi, raised a point of order, saying the reports breached the privilege of the lawmakers.

He clarified that the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) was in charge of the maintenance of the complex and not the lawmakers against the belief of many Nigerians.

Abdullahi noted that the N37 billion earmarked for the renovation of the National Assembly complex in the 2020 budget was slashed to N9 billion in the revised one.

He said up till now, nothing has been done.

The Senate President said the roof leakage confirmed the position of the lawmakers that the building was due for renovation.

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, 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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