The acting Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Godiya Akwashiki has finally spoken on the public outcry and lawsuit initiated against the N37bn allocated to the Federal Capital Development Authority for the renovation of the National Assembly complex.
Akwashiki while speaking with Sunday punch in an exclusive interview revealed that the public outcry and lawsuit initiated can not stop the decision of the federal government.
He also explained that the leadership and the management of the federal parliament would neither be involved in the award of the contract nor fund it from their budget.
He said the N37bn would be paid directly into the accounts of the FCDA which would disburse the funds to the contractors and also carry out necessary supervision.
Asked if the Senate was not bothered about the public outcry that had greeted the cost of the project, Akwashiki had said, “What’s the outcry for; that they (the FCDA) should not renovate the National Assembly or what?”
He had also 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.”