Despite fund release, Ondo N35 Million Bridge Project abandoned

Ondo community residents have contributed monies and built a wooden bridge as Mr. Stephen Olemija, a former lawmaker representing the community has abandoned  N35 million bridge construction despite the 60% funds released by the federal government for the project.

Mr. Olemija who represented the Akoko North-East / Akoko Northwest federal constituency at the National Assembly in the House of Representatives nominated the bridge as his constituency project in 2018.

Under the deal, the lawmaker said, a bridge will be constructed at the Ifeoluwa community at the sum of N35 million while the government releases 60% of the fund.

Mr. Mathew Alo, a Tracka officer told MAWA Foundation that the project has since been abandoned despite the sum of 60% fund release by the federal government.

Community residents, having realized that the lawmaker and his co-allies in the government have abandoned the N35 million bridge after collecting 60% funds release, tasked each other, contributed monies, and constructed a wooden bridge.

Good as this seems, the lawmaker has since abandoned the project, forcing the community residents to build a wooden bridge.

A senior government official in the Ondo state civil service, who does not want his name mentioned, while speaking to MAWA Foundation, accused the lawmakers of conniving with government officials to divert monies meant for constituency projects.

He, however, told MAWA that there are many abandoned projects in the state despite monies have been allocated to them while calling on the anti grant agencies to develop special interests investigating the state activities to uncover monies that have been stolen through corrupt means.

MAWA Foundation could not immediately reach out to former lawmaker for a response.

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