The federal government has proposed to spend in its 2016 budget a total of N1, 281,127,089 to complete and furnish the abandoned Zik’s mausoleum which is the burial site of Nigeria’s first indigenous president, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe in Onitsha Anambra State.
The mausoleum has reportedly remained in ruins for years now as work on it had stopped. But in its 2016 budget proposal, the ministry of power, works and housing is to spend N1, 143,575,058 to complete the structure while N137,552,031 would be used to furnish it.
The document containing the ministry’s budget proposal for the mausoleum and library complex was obtained from the internet webpage of the ministry of finance Monday in Abuja.
According to reports, the government of Anambra, Azikiwe’s home state had before now considered taking over the project from the federal government in view of its national significance and the iconic standing of Azikiwe.
The state governor, Mr. Willy Obiano, had repeatedly called on the federal government to show more commitment to the project.