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- Published on Wednesday, 09 December 2009 11:03
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AT a cost of over N3.5 billion, the Federal Capital Territory would construct a new official residence for the Vice-President Goodluck Jonathan, Senate President, Mr David Mark and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Dimeji Bankole, next year.
Also to benefit are the Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, and the Deputy Speaker, Bayero Nafada. The Minister of Federal Capital Territory Administration, Mallam Adamu Aliero, who made this known when he appeared before the Senate Committee on FCT on Tuesday, in Abuja, to defend his ministry’s N124.110 billion 2010 budget, informed that in order to reduce the rate at which public officials travelled abroad for medical attention, a five-star hospital with state-of-the-art facilities would be built in Abuja.
With their spacious and palatial residences in Apo Legislators’ Quarters still in shape, new residences are to be built for all four presiding officers in the National Assembly, this time around, at the high brow Maitama District Extension of Abuja. Reasons were not immediately given by the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister, Senator Adamu Aliero but it was learnt that the move might have been informed by the infiltration of Apo Quarters by other Nigerians who bought houses from senators in the fifth session in the wake of the monetisation exercise. Security in and around the premises of Apo Quarters has consequently become lax as security personnel have been unable to keep a tab on movements of persons in and out of the Quarters.