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Constituency projects are not gifts from legislators – ICPC




The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) said on Tuesday constituency projects were never gifts or donations to communities from legislators, but projects built by government with public funds.

The Chairman of the Commission, Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye, stated this at a town hall meeting organised for various stakeholders in Akure, Ondo State.

Owasanoye, who represented by the ICPC Commissioner in charge of Osun, Ekiti and Ondo States, Mr. Baba Shuaib, said the legislators just selected the projects based on closeness to the people.

He urged Nigerians to always get involved in projects sited in their communities and request audience from their representatives (legislators).

The ICPC chief said: “We wish to state with emphasis that constituency and other projects are funded by the government with public money.

“This means that the projects are not gifts or donations to your community by political representatives.

“They belong to you as fruits of national resources and government responsibility to the people.

“Your representatives in the legislature, who select constituency projects do so because they are close to you, and it is expected that they understand your needs better.

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“You should therefore work with them to make sure that projects chosen for you actually reflect your needs across to them.

“You can follow up on your projects approved for your community by asking for information on them.”

In his address, the Director-General of the National Orientation Agency (NOA), Dr. Garba Abari, said projects were inserted or sponsored by members of the National Assembly during the budget cycle to bring development closer to the grassroots.

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