Speaker Dogara decries 30 percent capital projects implementation


Speaker of the House of representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara has called on the Executive to collaborate with the National Assembly towards timely completion of the permanent site of the National Institute for Legislative Studies (NILDS) which has been under construction since 2011.

The speaker made the call during an inspection tour of the edifice located along Airport Road, Abuja. 

Dogara, who expressed satisfaction with the quality of work done, however blamed poor budget implementation for the slow pace of work, asking for the replication of same executive-legislative partnership that facilitated the completion of EFCC complex. 

"We were here in 2016, and as we can all see and attest to, once it's (JB) you know that it is Julius Berger. Even though it may cost a little more, but in terms of quality and delivery you cannot complain. You see how beautiful the edifice is looking even though we are not yet at even 95% completion but almost all of the beauty of the place is already visible. 

"So I believe that this represents the kind of prestige that we want associated with this institution that is already attracting attention from our sister countries, even from sub-Saharan Africa. We have taken students from diverse countries and we hope that by the time we complete this building it will improve on the prestige of the institution and obviously the hardware is not as important as the software as the quality of delivery of the academic staff is what is attracting people to this Institution, and I believe that this can only spur them to greater heights. Especially if we're able to complete it in good time.

"Obviously as we all know, except we want to pretend, funding has been a very serious challenge even in the national budget. In most cases, only 30 per cent of capital projects are executed nationally and this is not an exemption or an exception," he said among other things. 

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