Nigerians task N/Assembly on constituency projects
Nigerians have urged the leadership of the National Assembly to devise effective mechanism for monitoring constituency projects of legislators.
They made the urge, Monday, in Abuja, at a programme titled: “Citizens Review on Legislative Performance in the 8th National Assembly,” where they insisted that resources provided for the National Assembly members in the budget for constituency engagement must be accounted for.
The Head of Research, Policy and Advocacy of the Youth Initiative for Advocacy Growth and Advancement (YIAGA), Samson Itodo, and representatives of various civil society groups blamed poor political orientation for misconceptions about constituency projects.
He said that legislators have failed to device ways of managing peoples’ expectations and establish accessible constituency office, lamenting that some lawmakers failed to open constituency office, as required by the law, due to fear that it could be used to engineer their recall.
“Managing and addressing constituents’ expectations, priority needs and legislators’ promises are crucial for democratic consolidation and it requires a robust legislatureexecutive relationship,” he said.
“There is need to strengthen legislative oversight, monitoring and evaluation of constituency projects.”
The Country Director, Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA), Jude Ilo, said that democracy was under scrutiny globally due to poor representation, adding that Nigerians had lost confidence in their representatives because of their inability to understand the mood of the nation.
He urged them to build trust with their constituents for proper representation.