Extra UBEC, Osun lawmaker construct three classrooms block for N35 million

Mr. Olufemi Fakeye, an Osun lawmaker, and the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) have constructed three classrooms block for N35 million as a constituency project.

Mr. Fakeye, a federal lawmaker at the House of Representatives, had in 2020 using the UBEC, facilitated the renovation of a block of classrooms at Oke-Irun Community Primary School in Boluwaduro Local Government Area of Osun State as his constituency project.

Although the original plan was to renovate the school, three classrooms block was constructed at the sum of N35 million.

The project that has since received N35 million allocation from the federal in 2020 was supervised by the UBEC and was awarded to Tamgaj Corporate Services Limited, a company registered in 2009 and is located at Ilorin the Kwara state capital.

Tracka a public accountability organization that visited the project site said although it has been completed, it is yet to be put into use as the classrooms are locked.

Worse still, Mr. Francis Oboh a civil engineer and a quantity surveyor while speaking to MAWA FOUNDATION said that amount is too huge for a three classroom block.

Oboh told MAWA that building three classroom blocks average N10 million while pointing out that with N35 million, one can build nine classrooms of three blocks each and that includes payments for consultancies, labour and furnishing.

Still, UBEC and Osun lawmaker claim to have built a three classrooms block for N35 million.

Project signpost
Project signpost

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 building local infrastructures.

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 the Osun lawmaker and UBEC for a response.

 

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