Mr. Olushola Adeyeye, a Nigerian Senator, representing Osun Central Senatorial District has nominated N230 million for the construction and furnishing of a single school.
Adeyeye who nominated a total sum of N1,095 billion constituency projects in the 2018 national budget for his constituency said that a whopping sum of N230 million will be expended in the construction of a model school in Osun Central where he represents.
This is even as the Senator did not specify what kind of school will be built for such a huge amount. Although he said a model school, it is not, however, clear, whether it is a primary or secondary school he intends to build.
Constituency projects are intervention scheme that allows the Lawmakers work with the Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to provide basic infrastructure in the rural communities.
Lawmakers are to nominate projects that will be inserted into the national budget while they work with assigned MDAs to ensure the execution of the projects.
However, Nigeria experience has shown that the scheme has since turned out to be a mechanism for the Lawmakers and the MDAs to shortchange the country and their community.
The monitoring of government projects by Tracka across communities in Nigeria shows clearly that many of the constituency projects are not executed. And in cases where they are implemented, they are often carried out with substandard products with high-cost inflation.
WEST AFRICA REPORTERS (WAR) has extensively reported how Lawmakers have shortchanged their community using constituency project as a cover.