The Federal Government of Nigeria has approved the construction of a new national library in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, at the cost of N32.4 Billion.
The library will be made up of a concrete structure consisting of 11 floors, two basement floors and eight upper floors for housing bookstore, locker rooms, bindery, printing press, restaurants, clinic, creches, changing rooms, exhibition hall, auditorium, cataloguing, general reference areas, legal deposits, office for the administration book stacks, reading areas, electronic data processing center.
Others are library research and training center, public convenience, underground car pack furnishing, perimeter fencing, gates and gatehouses, internal roads, electrical and mechanical services and other external works.
The Minister of State for Education, Goodluck Nanah Opiah, who spoke to newsmen today, April 26, shortly after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the Presidential villa, Abuja, said that the approval followed by a memo presented by the ministry, for the revised estimated total cost of contract for the completion of the construction of National Library of Nigeria headquarters building complex in Abuja.
According to him, the revised estimated cost is N32.4 billion, saying that the contract was originally awarded in the 2006 to Reynolds Construction Company Limited (RCC) and has undergone further revisions.
He said that in 2017, the company presented request for variation amounting to N78 billion “which was considered quite unacceptable by the Federal Ministry of Education. And therefore, an adhoc committee of technical stakeholders was set up to review the variation.
“The ad hoc committee was comprised of Ministery of Education, The National Library of Nigeria, the Federal Capital Development Authority as the supervisory agency, the consultant to the project and the consultant itself. “And after exhaustive review, the cost was brought down to N49.6 billion, which was acceptable to the contractor. Before then, previous certificates amounting to about N11.9 billion had already been earned.”