After a budget of 30 billion naira, the contractor wants more funds to complete the renovations of the National Assembly

The NASS wants a quick renovation of the complex.

The Visible Concept, the construction company responsible for the N30 billion renovations to the National Assembly complex, has been instructed by the Senate Committee on the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to promptly complete the works. projects.

The committee on Saturday expressed dissatisfaction with the slow pace of ongoing renovation work.

The Chairman of the Senate Committee on the Federal Capital Territory, Senator Smart Adeyemi gave the order in Abuja when he led the committee on an on-site assessment of the ongoing renovation.

However, Visible Concept’s site engineer Tajudeen Olanipekun pleaded for more funds to complete the project on time.

He noted that fluctuations in the value of the naira against the US dollar had been problematic for them when importing needed materials and equipment, coupled with the need for more mobilization funds from the FCDA.

FCDA had in March this year awarded contracts for the rehabilitation of critical segments of the complex.

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The segments included the hallowed chambers of the Senate and House of Representatives, the White House dome and the construction of the National Assembly Services Commission (NASC) office and library at a cost of N30 billion. .

Mr Adeyemi noted that while the ongoing renovations to both chambers were commendable, the slow pace of work was very worrying.

“This project should never be abandoned. The sacred chambers are expected to be completed and delivered by the end of January 2023.

“But the level of work seen here today does not point to what for us is a threat to our legislative duties and functions.

“The non-realization of this project at specific times is even a threat to democracy itself, because we do not want the new government to inherit it like an abandoned government.

“So this committee wants to know about the challenges faced by contractors in getting projects done quickly,” he said.

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