On Tuesday, June 22, the Senate lobby of the National Assembly Complex was filled with water as photos that surfaced online shows cleaners battling to clean and control water from flowing into the Red Chambers.
WITHIN NIGERIA learnt that the water was leaking directly from the roof, but visitors and Senators coming into the Senate chambers at about 11.00 am became bewildered as to where such amount of water could be coming from.
Some Senators also stood to see the leaking water that the cleaners were trying to control even as journalists and photographers were busy taking pictures.
However, the National Assembly complex is the property of the Federal Capital Territory Administration and its maintenance too.
It would be recalled that the sum of N37 billion was budgeted for the maintenance of the complex in the 2020 budget which elicited wild reactions from the public including the Civil Society Organisations (CSOs).
The controversy that trailed the budget which was considered too humongous led to its reduction but it wasn’t approved by the Federal Executive Council.
Amid the leaking roof of the lobby, Senate President, Dr. Ibrahim Ahmad Lawan entered the chambers at exactly 11.00am to preside over the plenary.