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Regional News of Saturday, 11 September 2021

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Each Rep gets N100m for constituency project – Adamawa lawmaker

House of Representatives House of Representatives

A House of Representatives member, representing Numan, Demsa and Lamurde Federal Constituency of Adamawa State, Kwamoti Laori, has blamed the country’s poor economic growth to poor budget implementation.

This was as he revealed that each member of the House of Representatives gets an allocation of N100m to execute projects in their constituencies.He, however, regretted that due to poor budgetary implementation the Reps hardly get get more than N80m of the allocated N100m.

The lawmaker made the revelation, while addressing journalists in Yola, following the inauguration of some solar-powered boreholes, a computer centre, a town hall and examination halls in Lafia, Demsa, Ndem, Imburu, Bali and Kpasham, constituencies of Lamurde, Demsa and Numan local government areas.

Laori said, “When you go into our core mandates, we are not supposed to be involved infrastructures and provision of basic necessities to our constituents. But because of the lacuna of poor budgeting procedure, which has failed in tying policy plans to needs assessment, we have to step in and fill in the gaps that government has left open in terms of service delivery to our constituents.

“In terms of the money, every member of the House of Representative is given an envelop of N100m. This money is used to execute the popular constituency intervention project.”Laori also decried what he described as the under-performance of the country’s annual budget.He said, “This country has never achieved more than 40 per cent budget performance. You can quote me anywhere.

You have budgets enacted year-in and year-out, being repeated and bloated and yet not being achieved. Because our projections we don’t follow them. We bloat the system and we don’t prioritise.”