Renovation: Foreign Firms Almost Misled Us To Reject Local Contractors – NASS Leadership

Renovation: Foreign Firms Almost Misled Us To Reject Local Contractors – NASS Leadership

by Ololade Adebeshin
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Renovation: Foreign Firms Almost Misled Us To Reject Local Contractors – NASS Leadership

 

By People’s Voice Nigeria | News

 

Some foreign firms almost misled the leadership of the National Assembly in 2022 into rejecting any local firm from getting a contract for renovation work at the federal parliament, the leadership of the apex legislative Assembly has said.

 

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Tajudeen Abbas, stated this at the renovated and reconfigured hallowed Chambers of the House of Representatives and that of the Senate during a joint inspection of the Chamber with the Chief of Staff to President Bola Tinubu, Hon Femi Gbajabiamila.

 

According to him, when the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA), informed the leadership of the 9th National Assembly of a plan to award contract for renovation of the hallowed Chambers, some foreign firms mounted pressure on FCDA and NASS to get it.

 

“The interested foreign firms then even went beyond mounting pressures on relevant authorities for the contract by also resorting to blackmailing the local firms from being considered at all. Different tactics were employed by foreign firms to discredit Nigerian indigenous contractors as being inferior.

 

“But as usual, the foreign contractors came with bogus proposals which gave room for listening to the voice in support of local contractor and eventual award of the contract to Visible Construction Limited, a subsidiary of Laralek Ultimate Group, a fully registered Nigerian indigenous company owned by a young Nigerian.

 

“This is a masterpiece, a fantastic job done by a local contractor and we must commend him for the job he has done because a lot of us were doubting whether a local contractor can be able to do this particular job, we have our reservations when the contract was awarded.

 

“But today we are all witnesses that the reconfigured chambers exceeded our expectations and are very befitting for the 10th National Assembly “, he said.

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