New residences for House Speaker and Senate President: Contractor gets May 2015 deadline

The construction firm handling the construction of new residences for presiding officers of the National Assembly, Julius Berger Nigeria PLC, has been given May 2015 deadline to complete the houses.

Minister of the Federal Capital Territory(FCT) Bala Mohammed, who gave the ultimatum during the inspection tour of the national houses, said that the completion would coincide with the new dispensation of the National Assembly.

He insisted that the project is of priority to the Federal Government and that is why all outstanding certificates are being paid without any delay.

He said the FCT Administration would do everything possible to meet its own financial obligations to ensure that the houses are delivered on record time.

The Minister revealed that the approximately N24 billion National Houses’ scope of the work include the residences of the Senate President with Banquet Hall; Speaker of the House of Representatives with Banquet Hall; Deputy President of the Senate and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives.

He further revealed that each residential compound comprises a 5-Bedroom Main Building with a Swimming Pool and Lawn Tennis Court, 3-Bedroom Residence for ADC, 3-Bedroom Guest House, 4-Bedroom Staff Quarters and a Gate House.

His words: “There are provision of common facilities such as Chapel, Mosque, General Gate House and utilities”.

The Minister also inspected the Vice President’s House under construction and implored the contractor to redouble its efforts to deliver the project; assuring that his Administration is determined to iron out all the knotty issues of variation due to the additional work on the project.
He was also at the United Nations Building, which is being rehabilitated due to the unfortunate incident of Bomb attack.

Senator Mohammed promised to sit down with the representatives of the United Nations and the contractors to find ways of handling the new additional work that include the security and furniture.

Mariam Sissoko, who received the Minister and his entourage at the UN House on behalf of the Country’s UN Agencies Coordinator, Daudou Toure, thanked the Minister for his concern and the support received so far by the government.

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