Nigeria has a funny way of running. Newspaper headlines today are screaming of how government is being run from homes and places other than the official quarters meant for the tasks of governance.
For instance, since the eighth National Assembly was inaugurated on June 9, the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, as Chairman of the National Assembly has been attending to official matters at his private residence.
But he didn’t choose to do that. He has to do so because the N27.1bn official homes being built for National Assembly’s principal officers are still under construction.
The former multi-million naira official residence of the Senate President and those of other principal officers had been sold in 2010 at give-away prices by the then President Olusegun Obasanjo administration under the monetisation programme, the Punch newspaper reported Tuesday.
Former Senate President, David Mark; his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu; former Speaker, House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole; and his deputy, Usman Nafada, had in 2010, bought their official homes. Other lawmakers also did the same.
The new homes being constructed by the government for the federal lawmakers at a cost of N27.1bn are still under construction.
A visit to Saraki’s residence on Lake Chad Avenue, Maitama, Abuja FCT would show politicians trooping in and out of the building.
Apart from the influx of vehicles in the hitherto serene highbrow area, hawkers have also besieged the area with their wares displayed on the road side. An eyesore, albeit temporary. But for how long this would have to go on is still unknown.