House of Representatives lawmaker, Honourable Bamidele Salam has vowed to raise a motion opposing the planned N37billion National Assembly of Nigeria renovation project when the house reconvenes in January.
Honourable Bamidele, who is representing the Ede North/Ede South/Egbedore/Ejigbo Federal Constituency of Osun State said this on Sunday.
” I am a member of the National Assembly of Nigeria but I sincerely do not think we need a 37billion Naira renovation of that edifice now”, he said.
According to him, the National Assembly should use the money for the renovation of classroom, hospitals and roads which are mostly in a bad condition.
The lawmaker agreed that some sections of the chambers of the NASS need some upgrade especially the audio & recording system, but said the entire structure need no renovation more than the critical infrastructures begging for attention in the country.
“As an advocate of an aggressive Micro Credit Strategy for job creation, I would rather want to see 370, 000 small businesses get 100K interest loan within 12months rather than have one edifice swallow that sum within the same period”, he said.
“The government should mop up and use all funds voted for the renovation of Presidential Villa and other offices of political leaders and top civil servants which could amount to billions of Naira to revive Small and Medium Enterprises in the country.
Another member of the lower chamber, Akin Alabi, representing Egbeda/Ona Ara Federal Constituency of Oyo State also supported honorable Bamidele’s stand on the issue.
He said ” I see no reason why we should spend N37billion renovating the National Assembly.
He agreed with his colleague that despite the fact that the NASS building needs upgrade, especially the electronic system, the money should be used to upgrade schools and hospitals across the country.