OrderPaperToday-The House of Representatives Committee on Constituency Outreach has resolved to partner with Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and development partners in the monitoring and tracking of constituency projects and offices.
This resolution, among others, was contained in communique issued by the chairman of the House Committee on Constituency Outreach, Mr Bello Kaoje (APC, Kebbi) after a 2-day agenda setting retreat held in Owerri, Imo State and made available to newsmen during a media briefing in Abuja on Monday.
Reeling out other resolutions, Mr Kaoje stated that the committee will utilise its powers and mandate to ensure proper education and improve citizens’ understanding of constituency projects and effective ways of engaging lawmakers on constituency project implementation. This will build public trust and promote democratic accountability, he said.
According to him, the committee will ensure proper implementation and release of funds for members’ constituency projects in line with the demands of their constituents and provide an updated database of constituency projects as allocated in the Appropriation Act annually for ease of monitoring and assessment of constituency projects.
He explained further that the committee will also deploy its oversight powers to ensure that members set up functional constituency offices as statutorily required.
“This will enable effective communication between constituents and their representatives and deepen legislative accountability. The committee is committed to promoting regular engagement between constituents and their representatives to promote inclusive governance,” he said.
He added that the committee will also encourage lawmakers to monitor and ensure the successful implementation of their constituency projects and proposed that for identification, appropriated constituency projects should be labelled as ‘facilitated by’ instead of ‘donated by’ adding that it should submit reports on the state of constituency projects to the House.