N21bn Needed For N’Assembly Complex’s Renovation, Says FCT Minister

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The Minister of Federal Capital Territory, Muhammad Bello, has said that N21.029bn is needed to complete the rehabilitation of the National Assembly Complex.

Bello disclosed this during an oversight tour of some projects by the Senate Committee on FCT.

The minister, while noting that the National Assembly Phase II popularly known as “the White House” was constructed between 1996 and 1999 by ITB Nigeria Limited, added that no major rehabilitation work had been carried out on the building over the years.

He said the contract which was awarded on December 30, 2021 for 16 months has a contract sum of N30, 229, 290, 830.35 while the amount paid was N 9, 200, 000, 000.

“The commencement date is April 16 and is expected to be completed August 15,  2023,” the minister added.

He listed other priority projects embarked upon by the administration to include rehabilitation of Federal Secretariat complex, construction of southern park.

Others he said were rehabilitation of expansion of Outer Southern  Expressway, provision of engineering infrastructure for Wuye District,  rehabilitation and expansion of Outer Southern Expressway Villa Roundabout and completion of B6, B12 and Circle Road in Central Area.

He explained that the ministry gave some projects in the city priority over others due to scarcity of funds.