9th Assembly: Lawmakers move property as NASS assumes new look

The National Assembly complex is getting a face-lift as workers were seen in strategic points around the premises renovating structures that had lost shape and fixing new ones.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that one of the structures, a statue of the mace, the symbol of authority of the legislature, which is strategically placed at the entrance to the complex, was being repainted.

Also, the roundabout leading to one of the entrances from behind is being reconstructed among other reconstruction works.

Meanwhile, lawmakers, particularly those not returning to the Ninty assembly, have started moving their personal effects from the complex.

The evacuation started in earnest on Friday with offices, which were hitherto adorned with several ornaments and photographs, being almost bare with only few items belonging to the National Assembly been sighted.

Furthermore, support staff were seen shredding unwanted documents and packaging useful ones into bags.

Sen. Matthew Urhoghide (PDP-Edo) told NAN correspondent that there was nothing new about the development.

He said it was a ritual, carried out every four years because of change of government.

He noted that: “It is nothing unusual. When one session of the assembly is winding up, there will be emergence of a new session.

“The movement of materials, books and all of that is not unusual. The tenure is 2015 to 2019 and it is the day the president will be sworn in that the date for dissolution of the Eight Assembly and commencement of Ninth Assembly will be announced.

“In view of that everyone has to be prepared so that by the time he pronounces it, within a day or two the time will be up.

“Our colleagues, particularly those that are not coming back have to get their belongings out of the premises.

“Even those that are coming back have to move because the office arrangement is based on ranking and positions that we hold.

“The upper floors are for senators that are returning and the lower floors are for the new ones.

“So, we expect that by next week, the offices that we have get into, start getting clearer,” he added.

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