2023: Tinubu to commission NASS projects in December – Akpabio  


President Bola Tinubu will in December 2023, commission N30billion worth of different ongoing projects at the National Assembly, said the President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio.

This is as the National Assembly Service Commission (NASC) declared end of September this year as deadline for documentation of legislative aides of the entire 469 federal lawmakers in both the Senate and the House of Representatives.

Akpabio made disclosure on commissioning of the projects being executed within the National Assembly complex by President Tinubu on Friday while having in audience, the Chairman and members of the governing board of NASC.

“The  entire Complex of the National Assembly  is like a construction site now due to ongoing general  renovation  work and fresh projects which would on completion,  be commissioned  by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu in December this year.

“Aside the general renovation work, part of new edifices being put in place, is the permanent office complex of the National Assembly Service Commission and very beffiting  Library Complex,” he said.

Though Akpabio did not state amount of money that had been released to contractors handling the project but the 9th National Assembly, appropriated N30billion to Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) for execution of the project, out of which as at March this year, only N9billion was released .

The Senate President in response to request made by NASC Chairman, Engr. Ahmed Kadi Amshi on prompt documentation of legislative aides of lawmakers, assured him that the September deadline, would receive compliance.

The NASC Chairman had in his address also noted that documentation of aides to the lawmakers, was very important for payment of entitled emoluments to them.

“Your Excellency Mr President of the Senate, please help us to inform the serving Senators and by extension, Hon members of the 10th National Assembly, to forward names of their appointed legislative aides to us for required documentation and payments of monthly salaries.

“The Commission has opened relevant files for this purpose and fixed September this year as deadline,” he said.

He added that within the last three years, the commission under his leadership, has promoted a total of 2, 775 staff, converted about 447 others from one cadre to the other and set code of ethics for ethical conducts of staff at all times.