New residential quarters and an office complex are to be made available to principal officers of the National Assembly with a princely sum of N5.8 billion this year, according to the budget estimates now before the legislature.
The said sum will cover the design and construction of the buildings.
The Federal Capital Territory is saddled with the responsibility of executing the projects for which N2.3 billion of is earmarked for design and construction of the presiding officers’ (Senate President, Deputy Senate President, Speaker and Deputy Speaker) residences and guest houses.
The ministry is also expected to spend N3.5 billion to construct the National Assembly Complex Phase lll, Part ll and Part lll in Abuja. The National Assembly appropriated N500 million for the construction of the complex in this year’s budget.
Other projects to be executed by the FCT ministry include the Abuja cultural Centre and millennium tower at the cost of N2 billion, and the design and construction of the Vice President’s residence also at the cost of N2 billion.
The sum of N2.5 billion was appropriated for the cultural centre and millennium tower this year.
Similarly, the ministry plans to spend N5.6 billion on the provision of water for residents of the FCT. The project entails the construction of the 20,000M3/HR Lower Usuman Dam water treatment plants for N529 million; tanks 1 and 6 and associated trunk mains at a cost of N2.25 billion and the design and construction of dam treatment plants, tanks and other bulk water supply infrastructure to Karshi satellite town for N2,832,700,000.
The sum of N1 billion is to be spent on renting office space for displaced personnel of the United Nations office, Abuja following its bombing last year by Boko Haram.
A separate N700 million is earmarked for the settlement of outstanding rent for international organisations in the FCT as against the N370,189,600 that it spent in 2012.