Member of the Board of Trustees, All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, Chief David Onuoha-Bourdex, has called for the removal of constituency projects from the budget.
This was contained in a statement issued by the Special Assistant and Public Communications to Onuoha-Bourdex, Mr Amara Umunna, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Abuja.
According to the statement, Onuoha-Bourdex said constituency projects appropriation remain a source of corruption for lawmakers.
“I was moved to call for the removal of constituency projects from the nation’s budgets, after carefully observing how the provision have aided corruption in the National Assembly, especially in the areas of budgeting and oversights,’’ he said.
Onuoha-Bourdex said though money appropriated for constituency projects do not go to lawmakers, “the legislators cleverly go underground to nominate emergency contractors and most times end up undertaking the projects.’’
He added that evidence abound on how such jobs are usually poorly executed without proper supervision.
Reacting to the recent delay in passing the 2016 budget, the APGA chieftain said part of the cause for padding of figures was to take care of native projects for lawmakers.
“Instead of such ad-hoc projects, the legislators should focus on their job of lawmaking through painstaking oversight and holding the executive to account.’’
Onuoha-Bourdex alleged that many projects had remained in a deplorable state because lawmakers from the areas see them as sources of easy money during oversights. (NAN)

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