OrderPaperToday – A member of the Gombe State House of Assembly, Sadiq Ibrahim, has accused federal lawmakers of taking advantage of the ignorance of their constituents in the execution of constituency projects.
Mr. Ibrahim, who is the Minority Leader of the Assembly, spoke in Hausa on a Progress FM Gombe radio programme organised by OrderPaper Nigeria, last Saturday, as part of an initiative on constituency projects called ConsTrack.
He stated that some National Assembly members do not execute projects in a transparent manner because their constituents are unaware of their constituency projects in the budget, and so cannot demand for the transparent implementation of such projects.
He said: “Constituency projects are for electorates and that is why they (lawmakers) have budgetary allocation. Some of the federal legislators implement the constituency projects as budgeted for but others are involved in corrupt practices because of the ignorance of the constituents.”
The Gombe lawmaker also sought to clear the air over the controversy surrounding allocations for constituency projects, noting that the lawmakers do not receive the funds directly as “there is a due process of bidding by contractors.”
He concluded by commending OrderPaper Nigeria for its ConsTrack mobile application designed to track constituency projects: “I must thank OrderPaper for this ConsTrack initiative. We were consulted as lawmakers at a meeting in Abuja, technology makes things easy.”