The National Assembly has always seen constituency projects as their own way of delivering the dividends of democracy to their people as each elected member has a right to choose what to execute in his or her own constituency. With the shortage of funds however, it is obvious that government is trying to do away with the projects even though they have been budgeted for.
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir David Lawal, has alerted that the economic downturn many negatively impact on constituency projects planned for execution by the National Assembly.
Lawal said this during the weekend in Abuja in a chat with reporters.
“Government might find it very difficult to implement the constituency projects to the latter because MDAs might not find constituency projects as critical to the execution of their mandate and given the dwindling resources this could be some of the areas that will suffer during implementation. Even those that have been appropriated for, in light of the dwindling revenue, government will still need to prioritize.
“If the revenue of the government improves, of course, all capital projects appropriated for will be fully implemented. But we do not see that happening soon. While the government is willing to do that, it is obvious that it can only implement that for which you have money and I think these are some areas that might suffer from the implementation in the budget,” he said.
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