NASS To Remain Shut As FEC Okays N40.2bn For Complex Renovation, Construction Of Third Phase

NASSThe Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved N40.2 billion for the construction of phase III of the National Assembly complex and renovation of the first and second phases of the complex.
The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Sen. Bala Muhammed, who disclosed this to State House correspondents after the weekly FEC meeting on Wednesday in Abuja, said that the project was under the Federal Government’s National Priority Programme.
He added that the project would involve the renovation of the two chambers of the National Assembly.
“We are going to close down the two chambers of the National Assembly for a period of 12 months and we are lucky we have already provided large committee rooms that will be used during the period for the parliament to continue its work.
“The contract is for N40.2billion and it will take 40 months to complete”.
According to the FCT Minister, contract for the project which is awarded to construction giants – Julius Berger – would involve the construction of a library, budget office, printing press, clinic, restaurants, banquet hall, places of worship and plenary hall (auditorium). Also, at the end of the project, the complex will be fitted with television/radio/press facilities, fitness room, administrative offices, technical rooms and meeting rooms.
Muhammed added that for the duration of the closure of the two chambers of the National Assembly, large conference rooms would be made available for lawmakers to carry on with their legislative duties.