Leadership of the National Assembly ( NASS), Saturday in Abuja, assured management of the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS) of completion of permanent site of the Institute along the Airport Road within the next six months .
Giving the assurance on behalf of NASS, the Speaker of the House of Representatives , Rt Hon Femi Gbajabiamila said since the sprawling project which started about four years ago , is at the stage of 80% completion , it will never be allowed to be abandoned in anyway .
He specifically declared that required fund for completion of the project, would be provided for in bringing it to fruition within the stated period.
“My coming here for the project inspection , is to see how far it has gone in terms of execution, and I’m impressed with the work already on ground.
“The contractor, Julius Berger Nigeria Plc, has no doubt, executed the project very fantastically in making the Institute to meet up with global standards.
“The four lecture halls of 250 capacity each, totalling 1,000, are well built , just like the Library , the research centre , the Administrative block and the well spacious and fitted conference room aside offices that are well provided for staffers of the Institute and members of its governing board.
“The edifice on ground is impressive and I on behalf of the management of the National Assembly , commend Julius Berger for its quality service delivery in this respect , which is surely serving as motivation for us in releasing more funds for its completion hopefully within the next six months”, he said.
He said NILDS as the research Institute for the National Assembly is very strategic in the operations and growth of the legislature and will not be stifled of funds despite the scarce nature of resources available.
” The 9th National Assembly will be frugal in its spendings in managing the available scarce resources very well but that does not mean that a critical component of the legislature like NILDS , will not be funded adequately,” he stressed.
Responding, the Director General of NILDS, Professor Abubakar Olanrewaju Sulaiman, said the assurance given by the Speaker on speedy completion of the institute’s permanent site within the next six months, was in line with the expectation of management and staff of the institute.
He said, “We at NILDS, have been looking forward to December this year for the movement, if the remaining parts of the project are completed , which more or less , tallies with the assurance given by the Speaker of the House of Representatives who has just promised six months.
“The bottom line of the whole thing is available of funds for completion of the remaining parts of the project which the Speaker on behalf of the management of the National Assembly has promised .
“Upon release of fund for completion of the project , our movement here can even be in phases depending on which of the section of the entire Institute will fully be completed first.”