Renovation of NASS Complex: Reps postpone plenary indefinitely


By Aaron Ossai

House of Representatives yesterday said it has postponed the plenary session indefinitely due to the ongoing renovation of the dilapidated National Assembly Complex.

It would be recalled that the federal lawmakers were supposed to have resumed plenary and other legislative activities yesterday (Tuesday) after one week Easter break.

The Acting Clerk of the House of Representatives, Yahaya Danzariya in a statement yesterday said the resumption has been postponed to a date yet to be decided.

He however cited the ongoing renovation and the need for Committees to conclude work on their reports as some of the reasons for the postponement.

“This is to inform all Honourable Members and other legislative Staff that the @HouseNGR Plenary earlier scheduled for Tuesday, 26th April, 2022 will no longer hold.

“This is due to the early commencement of renovations in the Chambers and extension of time for Committees to file in their outstanding reports.

“A new date will be communicated in due course. All inconveniences are sincerely regretted,” the statement posted on Twitter reads.

Recall that in 2019, President Muhammadu Buhari approved N37 billion for the renovation of the National Assembly Complex which was contained in the budget of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) which maintains the complex.

However, the approval generated outrage from Nigerians, who criticised the humongous amount for the renovation.

But following the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the government reviewed the allocation for the rehabilitation project to N9 billion, with the project to be done in phases.