Speaker Abbas, Gbajabiamila inspect renovated NHoA chamber as legislators resumes plenary

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Speaker of the House of Representatives Rt. Hon. Abbas Tajudeen, PhD, on Monday, inspected the renovated chamber of the House ahead of lawmakers’ resumption on Tuesday.

Speaker Abbas inspected the chamber in company with the immediate past Speaker and Chief of Staff to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, and the Deputy Speaker, Rt. Hon. Benjamin Okezie Kalu.

The Speaker, Gbajabiamila, and Kalu led several principal officers and members of the House on the inspection, which was extended to the newly built National Assembly Library.

Speaker Abbas, who addressed journalists in the chambers, said he was delighted by its new look and the facilities installed in the building.

The Speaker disclosed that the quality of work done had erased the skepticism about the capacity of a local contractor handling the project.

He hailed Gbajabiamila for initiating the renovation project, as well as the construction of the NASS Library and the National Assembly Service Commission Complex.

Gbajabiamila also expressed satisfaction with the work done in the chambers, saying he would have loved the renovation to have been completed before he left the House to take his new appointment.

The Chief of Staff to the President, however, shared the credit with members of the 9th House, whom he said backed him on the projects.

Recall that the White House section of the complex, which houses the House and the Senate chambers, was constructed during the military regime of the late General Sani Abacha. Since then, there has been no major renovation on the two chambers.

However, during the 9th Assembly, Gbajabiamila initiated the renovation of the House Chambers, which was extended to the Senate chambers.

The lawmakers moved to temporary chambers in 2022 when the renovation commenced. They are billed to resume at the renovated chambers on Tuesday.