Only 22 streetlights seen in Odua's alleged N100 million constituency project

Only 22 Streetlights have so far been seen in the alleged N100 million constituency project carried out by Stella Oduah, a Senator from Anambra State that represents Anambra North.

Stella Odua had nominated the provision and installation of streetlights in various communities in Anambra North Senatorial District. A constituency she represents at the National Assembly.

To facilitate and ensure the projects nominated and sponsored by the lawmaker was is done, the Nigerian Federal Government allocated the sum of N100 million for its execution.

Under the deal, Stella Odua, nominated the project using the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. A ministry that serves as an agency that supervised the project on behalf of the lawmaker.

The contract for the Streetlights project was awarded to Shine Twelve Property Limited, a company that has its operational base in Yola, Adamawa State.

MAWA-Foundation check on the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) website shows the company was registered on July 23, 2019.

Constituency projects are Zonal Intervention Projects (ZIP) nominated by the lawmakers and recommended to the executive to be included in the budget. They are often projects sited in the rural communities to improve their living condition through the provision of local infrastructures and rural empowerment programmes.

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 projects is always difficult.

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

Tracka, a public accountability organization team that visited the project locations, said they found only 22 solar streetlights installed in Odekpe and Ogbaru communities.

MAWA Foundation could not immediately reach out to Stella Odua and the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development for official responses.

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