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Despite N42bn spent, Ndume laments poor renovation of Senate chamber, says it’s like a conference room



The Chief Whip of the Senate, Senator Ali Ndume, alleged yesterday that the upper legislative chamber was poorly renovated.

Recall that the National Assembly had undergone renovation that lasted about two years.

The Federal Lawmakers had to make do with temporary venues for plenary and committee hearings while the renovation lasted.

The sum of N42 billion was reportedly spent on the renovation.

Ndume who spoke on the floor of the Senate noted there was no electronic voting device, and the speakers in the chamber were not audible.

“This is not a chamber, it is like a conference room.

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“You will not even know that it is me, Ndume, that is speaking, so also when the leader was speaking.

“We need to correct this. We need to change so many things. Like the sitting row, if you want to stand up, you will have to use tactics or strategy to stand up or sit down.

“There is no voting device here. If we are to vote electronically, the facilities are not there, but we had that previously.

“There is no clock here for senators to see the time. Okay, they are trying to show me and I am looking for it, it is not even clear. There used to be a big one.

“This is a serious observation. If you play back the record, you cannot identify Akpabio’s voice, you have to listen hard, but the audio is supposed to be very clear.”

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