The ongoing rehabilitation of the National Assembly Complex has been estimated at the sum of ₦30.222 billion.
The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Malam Musa Bello, stated this on Thursday following a visit of the Senate Committee on FCT visit to various project sites being constructed by the Federal Capital Territory Administration in Abuja.
A total of ₦37 billion was in December 2019 appropriated for the rehabilitation work by the National Assembly but later downwardly reviewed to ₦9.25billion in the revised 2020 budget.
The Minister, however, told the Senate panel that the contract sum for the rehabilitation work is ₦30, 229, 290, 830.35billion out of which N 9.2 billion has been paid, and the remaining balance of ₦21.025 billion to be paid to contractors handling the works.
According to him, the total cost of rehabilitation work which stood at ₦30,229, 290,830.35 billion was not part of the National Assembly’s annual budget of ₦128 billion as insinuated in some quarters.
The contract, which was awarded on 30th December 2021, has a completion period of two years.
Bello stated that the National Assembly Phase II, popularly known as “the White House” was realised from 1996 to 1999 by ITB Nigeria Ltd without any major rehabilitation works carried out on the building over the years.
He further indicated that the Ministry is determined to ensure that a number of projects are completed before the end of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.