Despite N1.245 billion being allocated for the completion of 17 constituency projects in the FCT, only one was tracked as completed, while 15 projects totaling N1.195 billion were untraceable due to a lack of access to information and project data.
The majority of the projects in Ondo State and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, are untraceable, according to an investigation report on the implementation of the 2019 and 2020 constituency projects.
The study was carried out as part of a social responsibility project called “Follow the Projects.” The investigation was a social accountability movement and advocacy established by Technocrat Media Nigeria for the tracking of projects as provided for in the budgets of the government.
According to the findings, a sum of N3.905 billion was budgeted in 2019 and 2020 for the implementation of 86 zonal intervention projects (ZIPs) also known as “constituency projects” in nine federal constituencies and three Senatorial districts in Ondo State.
Only 30 of the 86 projects were discovered to be trackable, according to the investigators, while the rest were untraceable, with no locations or descriptions.
N1.245 billion was set up in the FCT for the completion of 17 constituency projects in two federal constituencies and the FCT Senatorial District, but only one of the 17 projects has been finished.
The implementation of 2019 and 2020 zonal intervention projects in the FCT and Ondo State, according to the initiative’s director, Daisi Omokungbe, is a combination of abandoned, non-existing, and untraceable initiatives.
He made the announcement at a press conference in Abuja to commemorate the launch of the report, saying the projects were categorised into abandoned, completed, due process, ongoing, tracked and untraceable.
He said the initiative was supported by MacArthur Foundation and Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) through HEDA Resource Centre.
Mr Omokungbe said: “The report of the three months investigation was published, submitted to our partners, and handed to Hon. Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, Chairman House Committee on NDDC at the House of Representatives at a meeting of a coalition of stakeholders from Ondo State in February this year.”
He further mentioned that the legislator had vowed to guarantee that NDDC contractors returned to sites across the state to finish their abandoned projects.
Despite the fact that money was released for 86 projects in Ondo State, only 30 of them were determined to be trackable, with no locations or descriptions.
Six projects were abandoned, 14 were completed, four were in the process of being completed, seven were still in the works, 31 were trackable, and 52 were untraceable, according to the findings.
Similarly, in the FCT, despite the allocation of N1.245 billion for the implementation of 17 constituency projects, only one was tracked complete, while 15 projects worth N1.195 billion were untraceable as a result of lack of access to information and project data.
Mr Omokungbe said the untraceable projects raised red flags for encouraging opacity, corruption and diversion of public funds for personal uses.
“In our moving round, tracking projects and engaging local stakeholders, they lamented the pains they go through on a daily basis which if some of the projects awarded were completed, the sufferings and pains would have reduced, and dividends of democracy would have been delivered to the people,” he said.
Communities’ main needs, he continued, were for basic social facilities such as water, health centers, local roads, school buildings, and erosion management.
He said they sent over 20 Freedom of Information Requests (FOIs) to federal ministries, departments, and agencies (MDAs) during the investigation, but only a few responded with the information and data they needed.