The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, on Wednesday, appealed to the Federal Capital Development Authority to fix the dilapidated parts of the National Assembly and save it from further roof leakage.

Lawan made the appeal at the foundation laying of the permanent office complex of the National Assembly Service Commission.

The nation’s parliament leadership cried out a few months ago that the complex could collapse with the constant leakage of its roof during downpour.

“We also urge the Federal Capital Development Agency to expedite action on the processes of ensuring that the dilapidating parts of the National Assembly are rehabilitated,” Lawan said.

He said the National Assembly leadership would continue to provide the needed infrastructure to ensure that the institution delivers on its mandate to Nigerians.

He said the provision of needed infrastructure would guarantee and enhance productivity of the legislature in service delivery.

He added, “The leadership and membership of the National Assembly are totally committed to ensuring that this legislative arm of government is given the kind of support that it deserves for us to have a legislature that will be effective and efficient in delivering its service and mandate.

“Let me add here that the National Assembly Service Commission is that institution of the legislature that ensures that high quality staff members are recruited, that ensures training and re-training and appointment of top management into the National Assembly management for service delivery to members of the National Assembly.

“Most of us are not here as professionals, we are here to represent Nigerians and, therefore, we need the kind of support that the National Assembly Service Commission staff will deliver to us.

“(And) what will make us to work well effectively and efficiently, would be to have National Assembly staff members who are well trained and motivated.

“We will support the commission to have staff members that will be well motivated for us to get the benefits of their services.”

The commission’s Chairman, Ahmed Amshi, described the construction of the NASC permanent office building as a “historic” feat recorded under the ninth Assembly.

He added that at the point of conceiving the project in 2010, the construction cost was estimated at N2.5bn.

Amshi, however, explained that due to inflationary trends and incorporation of modern material and facilities, the project would cost N11.65 billion.

He said, “The capital provision of National Assembly Service Commission in this year’s budget (2021) is N3 billion.

“This is not enough to pay the 30 per cent mobilisation fees as required by law. The contractor was able to mobilise to site and acquired reasonable quantity of materials with what we are able to pay the firm.”

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