Senators want 20% of annual budget allocated to constituency projects

A bill that seeks to allocate a minimum of 20 per cent of Nigeria’s annual budget to constituency projects has passed the second reading at the Senate.

The bill was passed on Wednesday after the lawmakers debated the provisions of the bill.

It was first read on November 19 and is sponsored by Stella Oduah
(PDP, Anambra North).

This bill comes on the heels of outcry over non-existent and incomplete constituency projects proposed by lawmakers.

Nigerian lawmakers have been accused of using constituency projects as a means of embezzling public funds.

Only recently, President Muhammadu Buhari said billions of naira allocated to constituency projects had not been properly utilised – an allegation that the Senate Minority Leader dismissed as erroneous.

According to the bill, projects…

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