About N1.2 billion is still needed to complete the Akwa Ibom State Governor’s Lodge located at 36 Femi Okunnu, Street off Bourdillon Road, in Ikoyi, Lagos, Commissioner for Housing and Special Duties, Akan Okon, has said.
Mr Okon told the visit members of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly Committee on Appropriations and Finance, Friday, that his ministry only accessed N840 million out of the N1.2 billion proposed for the project in the 2017 budget.
He said the balance of N1.2 billion his ministry is requesting in the 2018 budget will complete the project in March this year, but this sum does not include finishing cost for the lodge.
The original contract sum for the project, according to the commissioner, was pegged at N2.1 billion.
Although the commissioner would not give details of the percentage of work at the new lodge, propellerng.com observed that the project may have advanced up to about 60 to 70 percent completion.
Mr Okon said the new building was started in June, last year, to replace the old lodge located at Bishop Aboyade Cole Street in Victoria Island, the area which is now used more for commercial purposes than residential.