By Our Reporter. The outgoing Governor of Nasarawa state Umaru Tanko Al-makura, has explained that the Nasarawa state liaison office complex in Abuja was completed from the proceeds of sale of Nasarawa assets in Kaduna, Jos and Lagos. Speaking while commissioning the complex in Abuja today, Governor Al-makura stressed that the edifice was completed at the cost of over N1.1 billion. The sales of Nasarawa assets in Kaduna, Jos and Lagos by Governor Al-makura was widely criticized by the opposition party in the state. Given the scope of work carried out by his administration towards the completion of the project, the outgoing governor said he inherited the structure at 60 percent completion, after redesigning, the contract was rewarded to a construction firm, KCC construction Limited. He revealed that the complex was conceived in the year 2005 with a completion period of 30-months but was abandoned since the year 2008 at a 60% completion. He added ‘when we came on board, the project was reappraised with the view of completing it and put to use for the benefit of the State. In this regard, experts were invited resulting in some modifications and changes in the design and other specifications’. ‘This was carried out so as to ensure that the complex is in tandem with the realities of modern times in aesthetics in line with similar structures befitting the Federal Capital Territory (FCT)’ He explained.
The outgoing governor further stressed that government after due diligence re-awarded the construction of the complex to Messrs KCC Construction Limited in 2018 with a completion period of 12 months at the sum of One Billion, One Hundred and Fifty-eight Million, Three Hundred and Ninety-seven Thousand, Six Hundred and Forty-two Naira, Fifty kobo (N1,158,397,642.50) only. Al-makura who expressed his appreciation that the project was completed within the stipulated period of 12-months, also noted that with the completion of the project Nasarawa has now established its prominence and presence in the heart of the FCT.
While maintaining that the project would serve as an additional source of revenue to the State in view of its strategic location at the Central Business District of the FCT, the outgoing governor disclosed that the complex has 115Nos. accommodation rooms;
35Nos. lettable offices;
1No. banquet hall;
1No. exhibition room;
1No. kitchen and restaurant;
and office of the Executive Governor. While defending his position on the sale of the state assets to complete the liaison office complex, Al-makura said: ‘ let me reiterate that the completion of this project was funded from the proceeds of the sales of Nasarawa State Moribund Assets laying waste in Lagos, Jos and Kaduna. Our Administration took this measure because this edifice is more economically viable and will serve the interest of the State much more better’. He then expressed the confidence that the government of Nasarawa State will ensure the maximum utilization of the facility for the benefit of the people of Nasarawa State. The commissioning ceremony was attended by incoming governor, Engr Abdullahi Alhaji Sule, top government officials and high ranking traditional rulers in the state.