On Monday, President Muhammadu Buhari approved ₦37 billion for the renovation of the National Assembly complex, and it’s got many people talking.
Nigerians are of the opinion that such a huge amount can be diverted into the health sector, the education sector, provision of better roads, social amenities and other facilities citizens can benefit from.
The amount included in the recently approved 2020 budget is not part of the N128 billion allocated for the National Assembly, Premium Times reports.
The Senate president, Ahmad Lawan, said there has been no major renovation of the National Assembly building for 20 years, and many parts of the property have become dilapidated.
We met the president and (it was) related the condition of the complex. The president responded and said he was going to renovate the complex. The phase one renovation will commence – the chambers and committee rooms in the white house. ₦37 billion was sourced and was given. It was put under the FCT, not national Assembly. All we required is to have the complex renovated. When we are through with phase 1, we will go to phase 2. It is not under the control of the National Assembly. The complex is a national asset and is for the FCDA to take care.
Here’s what Nigerians are saying on the streets of Twitter.
Our president have just approved #37billion to renovate a building that will house 109 people when our roads are bad, refineries not working, no drugs in our hospitals and so on. But if I talk, They will say it's hate speech https://t.co/8mMT6x4Otw
— Omo kiikan ? (@OmoKiikan) December 18, 2019
Approving #37billion for renovation of National Assembly that was built with 7billion is pure corruption. This madness must stop. @MBuhari is openly giving kick backs to the Senate for Approving his ridiculous loans. pic.twitter.com/YsXQaGpdPd
— king Marvel (@marvelnsa) December 18, 2019
— Simply Loba (@Santex2010) December 17, 2019
White House renovation cost $1.75 million dollars ~ News Desk
But under in Nigeria,
Renovation of National Assembly is to cost #37billion ($100 million),
And it was built with only N7 billion in 1999 under PDP
Indeed Buhari has reduced the cost of governance
— M Abba (@M_Abba_) December 18, 2019
Where did Nigerians offend the 9th Assembly?
How did they approve such idiocy: #37Billion Naira for renovation of the National Assembly & paltry #48 billion for capital expenditure in Education..No roads ..no good health facilities
What kind of Leadership is this? pic.twitter.com/DmMzFxpxIs
— Ebere Nwankwo Esq. (@eberenwankwor) December 18, 2019
Buhari approves #37billion for renovation of National Assembly.
— Omoniyi Israel (@_omoissy) December 18, 2019
— Adam_mashasha (@AdamRimi2) December 18, 2019
— S N O W kvng ? (@majorwayz89) December 18, 2019
— Vasalevsky?? (@Vasalevsky1) December 18, 2019
#37billion to renovate NASS…as in…a building, just offices…
While our hospitals have few or no defibrillator,
Poorly equipped ICU,
Still using torchlight for surgery.
Even health education aspect is suferring
To mention a few
— Abiola Makinju (@biolamakinju) December 18, 2019
Health – 46b naira.
Education – 48b naira.
Renovation NASS – 37b naira.
They only care about themselves. They are not concerned about the wellbeing of this country. This regime and misplacement of priorities are siamese twins; inseparable.
— Zaid. (@Zaid87905277) December 18, 2019
National assembly approved Buhari loan request while Buhari approves #37billion renovation budget for them.
Lol. Y'all didn't see it coming? Right from time, the mentality of our legislators is "scratch my back, I scratch your back"
— Ùgbó-ndioma (@Ugbo_ndioma) December 18, 2019
Pic 1. NASS to be renovated with #37Billion
Pic 2. Hospitals to be maintained with 1 cup of cement & 3 cups of sand. The doctors must learn how to mix cement.
Pic 3. Schools to remain d way they are for now. Government is broke. Let students manage.
Pic 4. The roads are good. pic.twitter.com/iYkS850Ugz
— Twitta Landlord (@BuzorTM) December 17, 2019
— AyeMojubar ? (@ayemojubar) December 17, 2019
Our refineries are not renovated
Ajaokuta steel company is not renovated
Our road are not renovated
But Buhari approves #37billion
for renovation of National Assembly
— M Abba (@M_Abba_) December 17, 2019
— Me & You ❄ (@istancardi_b) December 18, 2019
Welcome to Buhari's Nigeria where the cost of renovation is over 5 times the cost of building same project.
Whenever I remember we failed to vote this man out this year, makes me feel like 2019 wasn't a good year for Nigerians. #37billion
— Derality (@KentChidera) December 18, 2019