OrderPaperToday – Senate President Bukola Bukola Saraki and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogara recently rejected a proposed estimate of N10bn included in the 2016 estimate of the Ministry of Federal Capital Territory (FCT) for the building of their official residences.
Both Saraki and Dogara are said to be of the view that the cost of the buildings should be reduced to one billion Naira each.
Both national assembly leaders have reportedly informed the chairmen of the Committee on FCT in both chambers to reflect their decision in their report to the Committee on Appropriation.
The Senate President and Speaker hold the view of the economic situation in the country and the need for every public official to be frugal, building a house worth N6bn and N4bn respectively for them was unnecessary and insensitive.
The two top legislators said the FCT ministry should either scale down the cost of the projects and ensure they do not go beyond N1bn each or the Ministry should forget the idea until after the tenure of Saraki and Dogara.
The Senate President was living in his personal house in Maitama area of Abuja until a fire incident late last year forced him to relocate to an official guest house while Dogara is said to be living in a rented apartment in the city.