Daily Trust (Abuja)

19 June 2007

Nigeria: Reps Voice Concern Over Condition of Lagos Nass Complex

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Patricia Olubunmi Etteh has expressed concern over the condition of the National Assembly complex in Lagos State.

A statement issued yesterday by Special Adviser (Media) to the Speaker, Funke Egbemode said that the Speaker has pledged to work with the Senate leadership with a view to taking over control of the edifice.

Hon. Etteh who was speaking after undertaking an inspection tour of the facilities within the complex described the edifice as a symbol of legislature which was supposed to be run by the legislative arm.

She spoke of the need to dialogue with the Senate President for final decision on issues that border on the control of national assembly property in Lagos so that they could be renovated and used in other aspects by the federal legislature.

Apparently disgusted by the dilapidated structures, the Speaker emphasized the need for maintenance culture saying we could not forge ahead without maintenance culture.

She directed the Liaison Officer, Mr Muyiwa Adejo-kun to write a memo advising national assembly leadership on steps to be taken to take control of the complex and improve it for more meaningful use.

Speaking earlier while conducting the Speaker round the complex, the Liaison Officer, Mr. Muyiwa Adejokun said that the edifice which is under the control of presidency has made the national assembly a tenant in its own house.

The Lagos National assembly Complex was formerly the structure housing the bi-cameral chambers of the Senate and House of Representatives of the Federal Republic of Nigeria before the Federal Capital was moved to Abuja.

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