House Speaker Abbas, contractor disagree on deadline for chamber renovation

Tajudeen Abbas

The contractor handling the renovation of the House of Representatives’ chamber has said that the December 31 deadline given by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Tajudeen Abbas, to complete the renovation is not sacrosanct.

The project manager of the contract Tajudeen Olanipekun said this while reacting to the deadline given by Abbas, who along with his deputy Benjamin Kalu, paid an unscheduled visit to the project site on Tuesday.

Asked if funding was causing the delay, Olanipekun said it was well-funded.

The project is being handled by the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCDA).

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Olanipekun described the lawmakers as end users, adding that they deal with the client, not the lawmakers.

According to him, “We are dealing with end users and not the client, whatever we do we report to the client. We cannot stop the end users from coming to see their property.”

Before the renovation commenced, the National Assembly complex was always flooded when it rains.