Minister of the Federal Capital Territory Minister, Senator Bala Mohammed, has directed the contractor handling the construction of new residences for presiding officers of the National Assembly to complete the project before the hand-over date of May 29, 2015.
The minister, who gave this directive when he conducted an inspection tour of the houses on Tuesday in Abuja, said the completion would coincide with the ushering in of a new dispensation of the National Assembly.
Scope of work on the approximately N24bn buildings, being handled by Julius Berger Nigeria Plc, include the residences of the Senate President with Banquet Hall; Speaker of the House of Representatives with Banquet Hall; Deputy President of the Senate and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Each residential compound consists of a five-bedroom main building with a swimming pool and Lawn Tennis Court, three-bedroom residence for Aide-De-Camp, three-bedroom guest house, four-bedroom staff quarters and a gate house.
The minister believed that the project was of priority to the Federal Government, which informed the decision to pay all outstanding certificates without any delay.
He said, “The FCT Administration will do everything possible to meet its own financial obligations to ensure that the houses are delivered in record time”.
Mohammed also inspected the Vice President’s official residence presently under construction and urged the contractor to speed up on its efforts to deliver the project.
The minister was also at the United Nations Building Headquarters, Abuja, which is being reconstructed following a suicide bomb attack in August, 2011.