Constituency projects: N/Assembly got N900bn in nine years

The National Assembly has so far got N900bn for constituency projects since 2004, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Millennium Development Goals, Senator Mohammed Ndume, has said.

He also said he a bill he sponsored to give legal backing to the various constituency projects of legislators across the country had scaled through first reading in the Senate and would soon be passed into law.

The constituency projects initiated by the Federal Government usually come to the National Assembly as an Executive Act Special Intervention Fund.

Among other reasons, it aims at fostering a good relationship between the Executive and the Legislature, and also assists in providing basic infrastructural projects to the various constituencies across the country.

Ndume spoke to journalists during a one-day stakeholders’ forum on the implementation of constituency projects organised by the Ministry of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs.

The forum drew participants from both the public and private sectors.

At the event, the Minister of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs, Alhaji Tanimu Turaki, said the era of abandoned projects was over.

“The National Assembly usually budget N100 billion for constituency projects every year since 2004 for the six geo-political zones. The money is domiciled in the Central Bank of Nigeria with the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs serving as a clearing house to approve the releases for payments to the various contractors,” Ndume said.

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