About 18 months after the renovation of the National Assembly Complex was approved for N30bn in April 2022, the Federal Capital Development Authority says the project would not be completed until December 2023.
The N30bn contract was awarded to the Messrs Visible Construction Company Limited in 2021, with an initial completion date of August 2023.
Recall that in May 2023, the Executive Secretary of the FCDA, Shehu Ahmad had told the press that the renovation of the NASS Complex was at 60 percent completion stage, having claimed to have spent N19bn of the N30bn approved for the project.
He added that the project would not be completed before the exit of the 9th Assembly or the inauguration of the 10th Assembly, which held on June 13, 2023, due to a delay in due dilligence on the project.
“The project was awarded last year, and the completion date is August 15, 2023. It was awarded at N30.2 billion, and as of date, we have expended N19 billion on the project. It is currently at about 60 per cent completion stage, he stated.
Ahmad had explained that the project would not be completed before the inauguration, stressing further, “They anticipate that we should deliver the project before the end of the 9th assembly. We know that it is not possible to deliver. We will do what is supposed to be done to meet the delivery date,” he said.
Ahmad had equally noted that a paucity of funds had affected the slow rate of work on the renovation, as well as many other infrastructure projects in the territory.
“Infrastructure development is not a bane of Abuja alone, but a national problem. As it is, funding for infrastructure in Nigeria currently runs into trillions of naira, and Abuja, as we all know, gets funding for infrastructure projects from the national budget, which is not enough,” he added.
While also corroborating the level of work done, FCDA’s Head of Public Relations and Information, Mr Richard Nduul, affirmed that the project, now at 80 per cent completion stage, could not meet its August 2023 deadline because of a delay in shipment of critical components,” but assured that, “it would instead be ready in December 2023.”
“I wish to state that the project is at about 80 per cent completion stage. There was, however, an extension of completion time to December 2023. This became necessary as a result of the delay in the shipment of critical materials such as frames for technical floors.
“In addition to that, the contractor had to suspend the application of amorthane, which is critical in the treatment and control of leakages until the cessation of the rains,” he stated.
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