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National Assembly members from 20 states completed 478 constituency projects, representing 38.93 per cent out of a total of 1,228 projects between May 2017 and June 2018, a report on the 2017 Federal Constituency Projects released on Wednesday by BudgIT has stated.

According to the report, many of the projects are, however, over-bloated and poorly executed.

Speaking at the unveiling of the report in Abuja, the Principal Lead, BudgIT, Gabriel Okeowo, stated, “The focus period of the report we are launching today is from May 2017 to June 2018. A total of 24 Project Tracking Officers were in 617 communities across 374 Local Government Areas in the 20 focus states to sensitise residents on the 2017 budgetary provisions situated in their communities.

“Based on our findings, 1,228 projects were tracked. Of these, 478 have been completed, 200 are ongoing, 364 have not started while 13 projects are abandoned.”

He added, “Other findings as you may see in the report were over the significant amount that went into empowerment projects which are difficult to track and their impact cumbersome to measure. Many projects were over-bloated while execution was poorly executed.

“These realities led to a populace that does not feel the impact of government projects, though they read of them in the newspapers, hear about them on the radio or see them all around their communities.”

The report outlined the 20 states to include Sokoto, Kano, Kebbi, Gombe, Kaduna, Niger, Kwara, Oyo, Ekiti, Kogi, Osun, Ogun and Ondo.

Others are Imo, Edo, Enugu, Delta, Akwa Ibom, Cross River and Lagos.

Okeowo said the Tracka Report is a brainchild of BudgIT Foundation established in 2014 to raise a community of active citizens who track and monitor government projects in their communities to ensure quality service delivery.

He said, “Tracka recognised that the National Assembly members are particularly the representatives of the masses at the federal level and so their nominated projects are meant to foster the development of the constituents and constituency they represent.

“As much as we may establish that funds for constituency projects are not domiciled with the elected officials.”

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