Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Babatunde Fashola yesterday admonished lawmakers at all levels of government to design legislative framework that would guarantee the sustainability of constituency projects even after leaving office.
Fashola disclosed this at a one-day national summit on ‘Political Representation and Constituency and Zonal Intervention Services’ organised by the National Institute for Legislative Studies, NILS.
Fashola expressed concern that over the years, some constituency projects had suffered neglect when the lawmakers do not return to power.
“So it is important to design a framework that will ensure that these projects are really constituency projects and not legislators’ projects.
“And I say this in view of the fact that quite a number of projects that are constituency projects are never completed once a legislator does not return to power.
“And therefore, who takes responsibility of completing the projects; is it the new legislator who does not take ownership of it?
“Or is it a framework for the zone where that project is situated?
`”So as we debate this, may I emphasise the need to framework constituency projects to matters in the exclusive legislative list and ensure the continuity of these projects,’’ the minister said.
He, however, stressed the need for lawmakers to pay more attention to the projects that benefited greater number of constituents.
Minister of Budget and Planning, Sen. Udoma Udo Udoma said there was need to strengthen the synergy between the federal and state government to ensure sustainability in management of constituency projects in Nigeria.
Udoma added that the executive arm of government would consult extensively with the legislative arm and other stakeholders to ensure that constituency projects were actualised.
In his address of welcome, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara said a bill had been introduced to regulate constituency projects in Nigeria.