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Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Muhammad Bello has revealed that the administration need a total sum of ₦21.029 billion to complete the ongoing National Assembly Complex renovation.
Bello made this known during an oversight function embarked upon by the Senate Committee on FCT. The minister disclosed that the National Assembly Phase II project popularly known as ‘the White House’ was built from 1996 to 1999 by ITB Nigeria Ltd adding that no major rehabilitation work has been done since then.
Bello said the contract was awarded December 30, 2021 to be completed in 16 months at the cost of ₦30, 229, 290, 830.35. He said the amount paid as at yesterday is ₦9,200,000, 000.
‘The commencement date is April 16 and the project is expected to be completed August 15, 2023,’ Bello said, while listing some other priority projects embarked upon by the administration to include rehabilitation of Federal Secretariat Complex, construction of southern park way from Christian Centre to ring road.
Others he said were the rehabilitation of the expansion of the 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 the Central Area.
He explained that the ministry gave some projects in the city priority over others due to scarcity of funds.
‘What we did was because of the scarcity of funds, we prioritised key infrastructure projects to get them completed.
‘And in deciding the ones that fit into that category, we looked at the ones that will give the maximum benefit to the maximum number of people.
‘All the four projects we visited, you find that they are all road projects that are meant to link one section of the Abuja city to another and that is the whole idea.
‘The masterplan has been designed in such a way that they complement each other.
‘So, if you finish one portion and you don’t do the other one, then you don’t get the full utility of that particular road,’ Bello added.
The chairman, Senate Committee on FCT, Senator Tolu Odebiyi, who led the committee members said: ‘What we have seen is quite impressive. We believe that in the twilight of this administration, in the next month, it is important we catalogue all the projects that are being done and prioritise the ones that must be completed before the end of this term.’