The Nigerian Senate on Wednesday stated it was nonetheless searching for cash to repair the National Assembly complicated earlier than its roof began leaking.
Reacting to the embarrassing leaking roof which flooded the foyer of its White House, the Senate stated it had earlier met President Muhammadu Buhari to hunt funds to repair the complicated and he directed them to search for the cash.
It additionally faulted the media over stories on the leakage, saying some media platforms blew the state of affairs out of proportion.
Senate notably took cognisance of the information shops that used ‘flood’ to explain the state of affairs that left the National Assembly cleaners battling to regulate the dripping water on Tuesday.
The Senate additional accused the media of misrepresenting Tuesday’s incident, stating that what occurred was leaked rainwater into the complicated foyer, Daily Post stories.
Former Senate spokesman, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi who got here by Order 14 & 15 of the Senate Standing Order, faulted a report by Channels Television on the problem.
He famous that whereas Channels TV’s report on the state of affairs impinges on the privilege of the lawmakers, it was largely incorrect because it additional accused the Senate of approving N37 billion for the renovation of the edifice.
He requested the management of the Upper Legislative Chamber to as a matter “of privilege, take up the matter immediately.”
Decrying the TV report, President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan, described the TV report as “irresponsible,” including that it was aimed toward “denigrating the Senate.”
He, nevertheless, identified that the report didn’t emanate from journalists on the National Assembly, who he stated had demonstrated “patriotism in reporting activities in the parliament.”
He recalled that the management of the National Assembly had earlier met with President Muhammadu Buhari when it requested the sum of N37 billion to rehabilitate the edifice.
“But castigation from the media led to the budget being slashed to N9 billion.”
“I remember that myself and the Speaker of the House of Representatives (Hon. Demo Gbajabiamila) met with the President, so that money can be released for the rehabilitation of the building after it was used for 20 years without rehabilitation.
“Mr President told us to go look for money. And I remember that myself, the late Chief of Staff to the President, (Abba) Kyari, the Speaker and the Finance Minister, went about to look for money,” Lawan stated.
He described Tuesday’s incident as a vindication of what the National Assembly foresaw, insisting that they acted as accountable tenants to guard the construction from deteriorating.
He additional referred to as on the media to hunt and report the reality, and to assist develop the nation’s democracy