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Don’t Blame Us For National Assembly Roof Leakage, Lawan Tells Nigerians

Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has urged Nigerians to stop bashing the National Assembly management for the parliament’s leaky roof.

Following Tuesday’s heavy downpour, it was discovered that the roof of the White House, which houses the two chambers, was leaking, letting in rainwater and flooded parts of the lobby.

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

Reacting to the wide media reports on the incident, the Deputy Whip of the Senate, Senator Sabi Abdullahi, raising a point of order, said the reports breached the privilege of the lawmakers and were done to denigrate their integrity.

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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.

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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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