The Senate, yesterday, spoke in defence of the heavily criticized N37bn it earmarked for the renovation of the phase one section of the National Assembly.
It stated that no senator would derive personal gain from the project.
The Spokesman of the Senate, Akwashiki Godiya, said, "Before the figure was arrived at, the appropriate agency of government, which is the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) had properly defended it."
He added that the Senate does not handle the money for the maintenance despite making use of the facility.
“The statutory duty of the Senate and the House of Representatives, as far as this issue is concerned, is the appropriation of the money," he said.
The Senate further explained that the executive arm of government that has been in charge of maintaining the structures in the complex would oversee the spending of the N37bn. Hence, the money would not be spent by the National Assembly.