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‘Conference Hall’ – Senators complain over poor quality of reconstructed Senate Chamber


Senators on Tuesday expressed anger over the situation of the reconstructed Chamber, which they described as a ‘mere convention room’.

Controversy has trailed the refurbished Senate Chambers since plenary resumed within the facility final week.

Final Tuesday’s plenary was trailed by confusion as some Senators quarreled over sitting preparations within the renovated chamber.

Throughout plenary on Tuesday, complaints over the usual of the Chambers led to a rowdy session which lasted for about quarter-hour and ultimately compelled the Senate into government session.

The Chief Whip of the Senate and lawmaker representing Borno South, Ali Ndume, who raised the problems by Order 42 of the Senate Standing Guidelines, stated, “What is meant to be a Chamber, has been become a Convention Corridor”, a growth which he stated will not be acceptable.

“Mr President, I rise to make disturbing observations on this supposedly renovated Chamber by Order 42 that offers with private privileges.

“Since day one, exactly final week Tuesday once we moved into this Chamber that’s speculated to have been renovated, there have been complaints right here and there.

“First was on sitting preparations, adopted by echoing of voices by microphones which can be even not audible, no voting machine, required services not but offered.

“We have to right all these anomalies for the hallowed Chamber to be what it speculated to be,” Ndume stated.

Agreeing with Ndume’s observations, Senate President, Godswill Akpabio, in his response, stated the observations have been nicely famous and the Level of Order upheld.

He nonetheless defined to Ndume that complaints on sitting preparations amongst senators have been sorted out, simply as he reminded him that the contract for the renovation work was not issued by the tenth Nationwide Meeting.

“This isn’t our contract and never even Nationwide Meeting contract however that of the Federal Capital Improvement Authority, FCDA, the owner of the Nationwide Meeting Complicated,” Akpabio stated.

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