FG slates 2,399 constituency projects for execution

About 2,399 constituency projects and programmes for lawmakers contained in the 2013 Appropriation Act passed by the National Assembly last December are slated for execution this year by the Federal Government.

The Minister of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs, Alhaji Tanimu Turaki, stated this in a speech he delivered during a meeting on the status of implementation of the constituency projects held by the Head of Service of the Federation, Alhaji Bukar Aji, and Permanent Secretaries of various Ministries, Departments and Agencies of the government.

According to Turaki, one of the resolutions reached at a recent meeting of stakeholders on constituency projects was that the process of requesting contractors to fund them should be reviewed due to the weak financial status of most of the contractors.

The minister added that the capability of the contractors handling such projects should be properly assessed to reduce the number of abandoned projects.

Turaki further said there were some constituency projects spread across the country, which had been abandoned due to the way the contracts for their execution were awarded to contractors, who in some cases, did not even know the sites.

“In some cases, contracts for some projects were not awarded due to non-release of funds and non-compliance with due process by the MDAs. All cases of abandoned constituency projects and programmes are to be compiled by the MDAs and forwarded to my ministry for onward submission to President Goodluck Jonathan for consideration and further action,” he said.

Turaki also stated that whereas the affected projects were conceived and allocated by members of the National Assembly, while implementation was usually carried out by the MDAs, the federal legislators were expected to play their oversight roles in the identification and location of such projects.

Another resolution arrived at by stakeholders, he stated, was the need to establish a legal framework for the implementation of such projects. He added that a bill already before the Senate for the purpose had gone through second reading.

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