A total of N21.029 billion will be required, according to FCT Minister Malam Muhammad Bello, to finish the National Assembly complex (NASS ) refurbishment now underway.
Bello made this statement during a Senate Committee on FCT oversight visit to the FCTA.
“The White House,” the National Assembly’s(NASS ) Phase II project, was constructed by ITB Nigeria Ltd between 1996 and 1999 and has undergone no significant restoration work subsequently, he said.
As of Thursday, $9,200,000 has been paid toward a contract issued on December 30, 2021, to be completed in 16 months at a total cost of N30,229,290,830.35.
According to Bello, work on the Federal Secretariat complex and the southern parkway from the National Christian Center to the Ring Road would begin on April 16 and be completed on August 15, 2023, respectively. He also listed additional high-priority projects the administration is working on.
He also mentioned the restoration and enlargement of the Villa Roundabout on the Outer Southern Expressway, as well as the completion of B6, B12, and Circle Road in the Central Area, as examples of other projects.
He added that the government prioritized some city projects above others because of a lack of cash.
“What we did was pick the most important infrastructure projects because of the lack of finances,” he said.
When determining which ones to include in this group, we focused on those that would assist the greatest amount of individuals.
“When you look at all four of the projects we toured, you’ll see that the overall goal is to connect different parts of Abuja.
Master plans are created to work in harmony with one other.
As a result, if you build one portion of the road but don’t finish the other, you won’t gain the entire benefit of the road, Bello argued. ”
“What we’ve seen is extremely impressive,” said Senator Tolu Odebiyi, chairman of the Senate Committee on FCT, which led the committee members on the oversight tour.
This administration’s final months call for an inventory of all ongoing projects and a ranking of those that must be completed as quickly as possible in order to avoid a stalemate.
The reason for this is to ensure that we have the resources and money in place to cover it.
As soon as the Senate receives their budget, they’ll be able to see how well they’re doing and whether or not they’re on track to meet their goals, says Senate Minority Leader Akinwunmi Adesina Odebiyi.