7 October 2012

Nigeria: 'No Constituency Projects Implemented in S-South'

MEMBERS of the House of Representatives Committee on Constituency Projects, yesterday, raised the alarm that there is zero per cent implementation of constituency projects in the South South by the Federal Government.

The seven-man Committee, led by the member representing Owan Federal Constituency of Edo State, Mr Pally Iriase, told newsmen in Benin City yesterday, that their observation, after touring the states in the South, was contrary to the claim by the Federal Government that it has implemented 56 per cent of the 2012 budget.

Flanked by the member representing Oredo Federal constituency, Rasaq Bello-Osagie, and others, Iriase explained: "The way the constituency project works under the 7th Assembly is that you can only nominate projects and indicate site but the implementation by way of awarding contracts and execution is under the purview of the executive. But we also have the right to go round to ensure that what is put in the budget is executed.

"But from what we have seen so far, we visited riverine areas like Burutu and several others. As far as constituency projects implementation is concerned, we have observed zero per cent implementation in the South South. You are very much aware that the executive told us that they have implemented 56 per cent of the budget. We expected that as we go round, we should find 50 per cent performance as regards constituency projects".

The lawmaker further explained:"The entire constituency projects under the House of Reps are in the region of N43billion and that amount is a paltry sum when you compare it with the N1.3trillion for capital".

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