Daily Trust (Abuja)

6 July 2011

Nigeria: Al-Makura Expresses Satisfaction With New Assembly Complex

Lafia — Nasarawa State governor, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura has expressed satisfaction with the quality of work, and finishing on the newly completed complex of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly (NSHA) in Lafia, the state capital.

The building was awarded for construction, close to two years ago, by the Al-Makura's predecessor, Aliyu Akwe Doma, who had expressed concerns with the condition the 24-member House found itself because of absence of a permanent complex to house members. It was completed in the first quarter of the year, but the former governor did not commission it, although he had declined from stating his reasons.

More than 12 years after, the state assembly is still being accommodated in temporary structures. The House has operated in some tight conditions in temporal complexes, first in a makeshift structure that was first located at the permanent site, and later in a small conference room of the Ministry for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters. State speaker, Musa Ahmed Mohammed had told Daily Trust, the construction of a complex for members will be a major mile stone for legislative governance in the state.

The complex is yet to be handed to the state government for commissioning, but Arch. John Mlanga Anyom of Shelter Development Limited told Daily Trust, yesterday at the site that work has long being completed to the satisfaction of the state government.

Daily Trust also recalls that Al-Makura was there, penultimate week for inspection, and had expressed satisfaction with the quality of work and the finishing on the complex.

The project coordinator said he was satisfied that the government nodded for the complex as meeting specifications in terms of quality especially.

The budgetary allocation for housing sector in the Appropriation Bill which Doma left unsigned has proposed N5.6 billion out of N36,020,644,147.00 capital expenditure forecast for the current fiscal year.

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