Members of the National Assembly- the Senate and House of Representatives from Imo and 35 other states in the federation, have been accused of diverting public funds with phony projects.
Civic organization, Budglt, who made the allegation, said most of the lawmakers do not carry out need assessment in their constituencies when dishing out projects but prefer projects for party loyalists under the guise of constituency projects.
Budglt said that out of the N100 billion budgeted for constituency intervention projects for the 469 lawmakers across the 36 states, N60 billion is expended on empowerment.
It said the empowerment programmes include buying of Keke NAPEP (commercial tricycles), motorcycles and two days tailoring and shoemaking trainings, where beneficiaries do not get anything at the end.
The organisation made the statement in Abuja at the launch of its Tracka’s Zonal Intervention Projects report titled, ‘Creating Awareness, Tracking Public Projects, Catalysing Community Impact in Trying Times’.
Team leader of Tracka, Uadamen Ilevbaoje, said bogus amounts are allocated for trainings that beneficiaries end up with nothing.
“This programme started since 1999 with the goal of attracting development into grassroots communities. Then, citizens did not understand how it worked, which was why we saw a lot of abandoned projects all over the country.
“But then, they were mainly capital projects. Today, constituency advancement projects have taken another dimension. Now there is N100 billion for constituency intervention projects for the 469 lawmakers across the 36 states.
“When you look at these projects, there is what we call need assessment, and these are not carried out. Because out of that N100 billion, over N60 billion is expended on empowerment. What we are talking of is buying Keke NAPEP, motorcycles and trainings.
“In this part of the world, you see people learning tailoring for two days, shoemaking for two days all in the name of constituency empowerment projects while in those days people learnt same tailoring and shoemaking for years.
“Bogus amount of funds are allocated for trainings like skill acquisition trainings, where they will just call beneficiaries and train them for two days, and upon completion, they don’t get anything.
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