Extra: Delta lawmaker renovates 6 classrooms for N30 million

The corruption in the management of the constitution project seems to have taken another dimension as a federal lawmaker from Delta state has renovated six classrooms for N30 million.

Mr. Julius Pondi, a House of Representatives member from Burutu Federal constituency in Delta state, had in 2019 nominated the project as his constituency project.

Under the deal, Pondi said six classrooms block at Deinbunugha primary school, Oboro community in Burutu Federal constituency of Delta state will be renovated with the sum of N30 million.

Using Ministry Department and Agencies (MDAs) as a cover, the lawmaker worked out the plan with the National Directorate of Employment who supervises the project.

North Gate Global Consult Limited serves as a consultant to the project, while Auktopus Technical System served as the contractor that handled the project.

Mr. Samson Azigbeotu, the President National Association of Burutu Local Government students who monitored the project, told Tracka the project has since been completed.

Constituency project is one area that has featured prominently as a place where massive corruption is taken place with Mr. Muhammadu Buhari, the Nigeria President recently accused the federal lawmakers of spending over a trillion naira with nothing to show for it.

Worse still, Mr. John Ewua, a civil engineer told WAR, building six classrooms averages N3 million to N4 million with all the necessary fittings which the lawmaker schools do not have.

Also, Mrs. Isa Rabiu, who owns a school in Nyanya, a satellite town in Abuja, told WAR that N16 million is enough to build the whole school and hire teachers.

She frowned at why those in authority will steal such a huge amount of money and try to justify it.

The Nigeria anti-graft agency has also accused the lawmakers of conniving with Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to insert constituency project funds in the national budget for the purpose of diverting the same.

The anti-graft agency, the Independently Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) are currently working with stakeholders in the media and Civil Society Organizations to track and prosecute lawmakers and MDAs who diverted monies meant for constituency projects.

WAR could not immediately reach out to Mr. Pondi for a response.

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