Government of Imo State has been urged to complete all abandoned health and school projects since they affect the lives and livelihood of citizens.
A Civil Society Organisation, Citizens Center for Integrated Development and Social Rights, CCIDESSOR, made the call recently in Owerri during the inauguration of Citizens Accountability Assembly in Ngor Okala Local Government Area.
Executive Director of the group, Mr Emeka Ononamadu, who was represented by the Program Director, Igwe Chidi, regretted that since the return of democracy in Nigeria in 1999, the state government has budgeted and spent so much on capital projects, but the impact of the huge revenue and expenditure have not been felt by the people.
He noted that the state has been building schools, hospitals, roads, markets etc since its creation, yet none of them have been completed, even as he reported that there are more than 12,000 abandoned projects in Nigeria, adding that they can be referred to as abandoned development of citizens and communities.
He stated that the group recently monitored 121 capital projects in six local government areas namely Oguta, Ohaji-Egbema, Ngor Okpala, Ahiazu-Mbaise, Obowo and Isiala Mbano. The exercise, according to him, showed that among the 121 projects with variuos start time from 2010-2014, only 32 have been completed, but are disability unfriendly as those with physical disability cannot access them. “This means 26.4 percent. It was also discovered that 34 projects were also abandoned representing 28 percent, while 51 projects have been ongoing for over a minimum of six months. This represents 42 percent of total projects monitored in the six council areas.”
Ononamadu expressed concern that facts are not available to many citizens due to the difficulty in participating, accessing and understanding the budget, noting that there is also the additional factor of non-participation in monitoring of capital projects. “We are now making it available so that communities can engage government with concrete facts,” he said.

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