Katsina lawmaker gets N80 million, distributes less than 100 fertilizer bags

Mr. Bello Mandiya, a lawmaker from Katsina State has distributed less than 100 bags of fertilizers as a constituency project after getting N80 million allocation from the Federal Government.

The lawmaker, who is representing the people of Katsina South at the Senate, told party loyalist in his constituent that got the fertilizer that he will distribute over 3000 bags of fertilizers. A promise that is yet to be fulfilled.

Months after Mandiya made the promise to his party loyalist that they will get fertilizers, no single person has gotten any fertilizer from him local sources have told MAWA FOUNDATION.

Mr. Mandiya last year, nominated the purchase and distribution of fertilizer to farmers in Katsina South as his constituency project.

The Federal Government had since under the Zonal Intervention Project approved and allocated the sum of N80 million, an amount Mandiya said will be used to purchase fertilizer in the 11 Local Government Areas in Katsina South Senatorial District he represents at the National Assembly.

Although the federal government has allocated N80 million to the project, Tracka, a public accountability organization that was at the distribution event, told MAWA that less than 100 bags of fertilizers were distributed to core loyalists of his party, All Progressives Congress (APC).

Distributed Fertilizer Bags
Distributed Fertilizer Bags

Tracka official while speaking to MAWA said although Mandiya promised his party loyalist that more fertilizers will be given to them, however, no single farmer has gotten a single bag from the lawmaker.

Constituency projects are nominated by the lawmakers for the needs of their constituents and recommend same to the executive during budgeting; this will help to improve the living condition of the people in their constituents through local interventions.

However, Nigerian experience has shown that Lawmakers do not execute constituency projects as they appear in the national budget, and getting them to account for monies approved for such intervention is always difficult.

And, often, community residents are not aware such monies have been given to their representatives, and that makes accountability very difficult.

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

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