The Senate has denied any involvement in the N37billion proposed for the renovation of the National Assembly complex by the Federal Capital Development Authority.
SERAP had filed a lawsuit asking the Federal High Court, Abuja to restrain President Muhammadu Buhari, the leadership of the National Assembly and others from releasing N37billion allocated for the renovation of the complex, until an impact assessment of the spending was carried out.
The group is also seeking a court order to “restrain, prevent and stop the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan; Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, and the FCDA from demanding or collecting the money earmarked for the renovation of the complex.
But the acting Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Godiya Akwashiki, in an interview with journalists on the premises of the Senate, said the leadership of the National Assembly only informed the owners of the complex when the structure gave signs of collapse.
The Senate spokesperson however said the leadership of the National Assembly and the management of the FCDA could review the project by spreading the cost in subsequent budgets and carry out the renovation in phases.