17 June 2021 by JULIAN OSAMOTO
Nigerians have been tasked to monitor government projects in their locality to ensure accountability and speedy completion for public use.
This was part of the discussion at a two day virtual review meeting with Community Members across five States, organized by the Peering Advocacy and Advancement Center in Africa, PAACA.
In a remark the Program Manager of PAACA, Mr James Ugochukwu said the meeting was meant to get feedback for the month of May on what states were doing to ensure the completion of abandoned projects in their areas.
In her submission a member of the Union of Academic Staff of Universities, ASUU Uyo, Akwa Ibom Chapter, Ms Happiness Uduak, said her team over saw the construction and furnishing of a health care center in Oron .
“Members of the community such as artisans were engaged in the construction process,
We spotted and complained about the quality of the doors which led to their replacement the next day”
A member of the Maiduguri-based Trade Union Network Against Corruption, Mr. Grema Kyari, said his team monitored four abandoned; class room blocks at Maiduguri Public Secondary School, a project initiated as a result of overcrowding in the classrooms.
According to him, one of the difficulties faced by the group was the inability to access the budget at the local level, which made it difficult to track the abandoned projects.
The Coordinator for Kano-based Network, Mr. Nasiru Ibrahim said his team had been following up the Yahaya Gusau road project, which was abandoned for more than seven years.
“The group visited the road construction site, met with traditional leaders to mobilize community members for oversight function and engaged influencers to scale up projects completion.”
The Community and union members at the meeting expressed hope that with continuous engagement with the government and collective efforts of all citizens in monitoring approved projects, there would be speedy completion and value for every money spent in the country.
On his part the Executive Director PAACA, Mr Ezenwa Nwagwu emphasized that the organization is poised to holding regular review meetings with the State cordinators to close all gaps and ensure that communities get better service delivery.