Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Hon Ndudi Elumelu, on Wednesday, raised the alarm over safety of members due to leakages in the roof of the chamber whenever it rains.
Hon Elemuelu who raised the alarm under a point of order in exercise of his privilege during plenary, pointed out it was dangerous to continue sitting because of the multiple leakages in the hallowed chamber of the House of Representatives.
The lawmaker, representing Aniocha/Oshimili Federal Constituency of Delta State on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, pleaded that urgent steps needed to be taken to rectify the ugly situation.
According to him: “I come under privilege on what is happening in this chamber. Mr Speaker, if you look around, we are surrounded by water especially because our chamber is leaking and I am worried that if something is not done to address it, nobody holds one’s life but we never can tell what can happen.
“Coming into this place (Chamber), you can see the cleaners, they are busy packing the water that is coming down from this chamber and to me it is dangerous for our continuous participation in our day to day representing our people, speaking for our people for good legislation. I think Mr Speaker that something needs to be done to address these leakages within this chamber. This is my submission.”
However, in his response, the Speaker, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila, who presided over the Plenary said that it was an important point and that it was noted.
Many areas of the National Assembly complex leak whenever it rains since the rain season began and nothing concrete has been done to address the anomaly.