According to the Punch,
Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has, since his election as the chairman of the National Assembly on June 9, been attending to official matters at his private residence in the Maitama area of the Federal Capital Territory 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.
An Abuja based legal practitioner, Simon Ayede, in an interview with our correspondent on Monday, described the sale of the official quarters by the Federal Government as unconstitutional because “there is a subsisting Federal Government gazette that certain official residences should not be sold.”
He therefore urged President Muhammadu Buhari to reverse the sales of the official quarters of the principal officers so that they could be renovated for the use of the current occupants of the positions.
However, another resident of Abuja, Mrs. Stella Omowale, argued that allowing the principal officers to live within the Apo Legislative Quarters would expose them to security risk.
“Building new quarters for them within the Three Arms Zone will guarantee their security since the place is highly secured and the other arms of the government are also cited there,” she said.