Representative Fred Agbedi, who represents the federal Bayelsa Sagbama / Ekeremor constituency, said Saturday that the legislature lacks powers to control funds allocated for constituency projects.
Agbedi, who spoke during an interactive session with community leaders in his Zonal Intervention Project for the empowerment of 30 beneficiaries in his constituency, pointed out that the constituency’s projects were controlled solely by Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAS).
According to the legislator, the impression that the members of the National Assembly have access to the project fund of the electoral districts was erroneous, adding that the executive arm of the government has more than 90 percent control of such projects located in the electoral districts. .
He said lawmakers had limited powers and control that did not include awarding contracts and payments, but could only monitor and oversee projects within their constituencies by collaborating with implementing MDAs.
“As an elected representative of the people of Sagbama / Ekeremor, my job is to ensure that whatever is for our people reaches them.
“I will continue to work hard to attract projects and need to inform community leaders that we do not receive project funding from constituents.
“We only have follow-up functions to ensure that when the MDAs award the contracts, the projects are executed at the designated locations within the constituency.
“Today we are here to witness the delivery of 30 motorcycles to the 26 districts within the federal constituency of Sagbama / Ekeremor and I will continue to fight for more projects and empowerment schemes for our people.
“The important thing is to maintain the effort to touch as many lives as possible and not necessarily highlight the people who have received help because it can negatively affect their psychology and dignity.
“What we are doing here for 30 people in 26 districts is not much, but it is something and efforts are being made to obtain more.
“My promise to the people is that everything that is for them will be brought home to them; that is the pact that I have come to fulfill ”, said Agbedi.
The Nigerian News Agency reports that the empowerment scheme that saw the distribution of 30 motorcycles was in collaboration with the Sustainable Development Goals, Nigeria office.
Responding on behalf of the beneficiaries, Mr. Court Ayagbo, who applauded the legislator, said that the SDG poverty alleviation plan was a positive development.
He said he would deploy the motorcycle for commercial use for his family’s daily income.
Community leaders, caciques of the Popular Democratic Party of the federal district of Sagbama / Ekeremor attended the ceremony.