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House Speaker Urges Swift Action on National Assembly Renovation

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by Victor Adetimilehin

House Speaker Dr. Tajudeen Abass has taken a decisive and hands-on approach to ensure the timely completion of the National Assembly complex renovation. During a surprise inspection, the Speaker issued directives to contractors, emphasizing the urgency of meeting the December 31st deadline. Accompanied by his deputy, Mr. Benjamin Kalu, and committee chairmen, the Speaker’s proactive measures underscore the critical nature of refurbishing the lower legislative arm’s chamber.


The renovation project, awarded to Messrs Visible Construction Nigeria Limited at a cost of N30.2 billion, was initially slated for completion by August 15, 2023. However, the Speaker’s recent inspection focused on expediting the process, particularly directing the Chairman of the House Services Committee to ensure the swift completion of the lower chamber.


Mr. Akin Rotimi, Chairman of the House Committee on Media and Public Relations, commended the Speaker’s decisive action. He anticipates that contractors will intensify efforts to meet the tight deadline, highlighting the likelihood of ongoing inspections before the end of the month. This reinforces the commitment to ensuring the project’s timely and successful completion.


Simultaneously, the House Committee on Climate Change, under the leadership of Mr. Chris Nkwonta, has pledged its commitment to Nigeria’s emission targets. During the committee’s recent inauguration, Nkwonta outlined comprehensive plans to address challenges in meeting the nation’s net-zero greenhouse gas emissions goal by 2060. This aligns with the Paris Agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).


The committee’s pivotal role involves overseeing the National Council on Climate Change (NCCC) and ensuring the seamless integration of climate change activities across government agencies. This includes various organizational structures in compliance with the Climate Change Act, 2021, serving as the legal framework for Nigeria’s climate goals.


Nkwonta emphasized the need for collaboration with various stakeholders, including the executive, private sector, civil society, media, academia, and the international community. The goal is to foster partnerships for effective climate change actions in Nigeria. Recognizing climate change as a present reality that affects all aspects of life, Nkwonta stressed the urgency for collective action.


Amidst the urgency of renovations and the challenges posed by climate change, the proactive stance of Nigeria’s leaders signifies a commitment to positive change. As the nation endeavors to meet emission targets and enhance legislative infrastructure, there’s hope for a more sustainable and resilient future.

Source: [The Guardian]

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