The Senate has denied any involvement in the proposed N37bn for the renovation of the National Assembly complex and asked groups seeking court order to “restrain, prevent and stop the Senate from doing so to channel their complaints to the Federal Capital Development Authority.
The acting Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Godiya Akwashiki, told journalists on Tuesday that the leadership of the National Assembly only informed the owners of the complex when the structure gave signs of collapse.
He said, “I have said this before that this issue has nothing to do with the National Assembly; it is all about the Federal Capital Development Authority. The building belongs to the FCDA, which built it.
“The FCDA management knows how much it needed to fix the complex which is in a dilapidated condition.”
Recall that SERAP had filed a lawsuit at the Federal High Court, Abuja to restrain the President Muhammadu Buhari, the leadership of the National Assembly and others from releasing N37bn allocated for the renovation of the complex, until an impact assessment of the spending was carried out.
Reacting to the legal action filed by SERAP and others on the issue, the Senate spokesperson wondered what the groups would be telling the judge because the leadership of the National Assembly had nothing to do with the project.
‘’I don’t know why they should take us to court because the National Assembly complex belongs to the FCDA and its management is in charge of its renovation.
“The only responsibility of the leadership of the National Assembly is to inform the President about the condition of the building which could collapse anytime if not immediately renovated. “How the team from the FCDA arrived at the cost of N37bn is not the business of the National Assembly. It is purely the issue of the FCDA. It is the FCDA that will award the contracts.’’