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Constituency Projects Worth Billions Of Naira Untrackable In Ondo, FCT

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By Mariam Ileyemi

An investigative report on the implementation of the 2019 and 2020 constituency projects in Ondo State and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, has revealed how most of the projects are untraceable.

The investigation was carried out through an initiative tagged; “Follow the Projects,” a social accountability movement and advocacy established by Technocrat Media Nigeria for the tracking of projects as provided for in the budgets of the government.

According to the findings, a sum of N3.905 billion was budgeted in 2019 and 2020 for the implementation of 86 zonal intervention projects (ZIPs) also known as “constituency projects” in nine federal constituencies and three Senatorial districts in Ondo State.

However, the investigators said only 30 out of these 86 projects were found trackable, while the rest were untraceable with no locations or actual descriptions.

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In the FCT, N1.245 billion was allocated for the implementation of 17 constituency projects, in two federal constituencies and the FCT Senatorial District but that only one out of the 17 projects was found to have been completed.

The report

According to the director of the initiative, Daisi Omokungbe, the implementation of 2019 and 2020 zonal intervention projects in the FCT and Ondo State is a mix of abandoned, non-existing and untraceable projects.

He disclosed this at a press conference held in Abuja to mark the launch of the report, saying the projects were categorised into abandoned, completed, due process, ongoing, tracked and untraceable.

He said the initiative was supported by MacArthur Foundation and Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) through HEDA Resource Centre.

Mr Omokungbe said: “The report of the three months investigation was published, submitted to our partners, and handed to Hon. Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, Chairman House Committee on NDDC at the House of Representatives at a meeting of a coalition of stakeholders from Ondo State in February this year.”

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He also noted that the lawmaker had promised that he was going to ensure NDDC contractors come back to sites to complete their abandoned projects across the state.

The findings

Despite the money released for the 86 projects in Ondo State, only 30 were found trackable, while the rest were untraceable with no locations or actual descriptions.

The findings further revealed that six projects were abandoned, 14 were completed, four under due process, seven are ongoing, 31 were trackable, and fifty-two were untraceable.

Similarly, in the FCT, despite the allocation of N1.245 billion for the implementation of 17 constituency projects, only one was tracked complete, while 15 projects worth N1.195 billion were untraceable as a result of lack of access to information and project data.

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Constituency Projects Worth Billions Of Naira Untrackable In Ondo, FCT

The untraceable projects

Mr Omokungbe said the untraceable projects raised red flags for encouraging opacity, corruption and diversion of public funds for personal uses.

“In our moving round, tracking projects and engaging local stakeholders, they lamented the pains they go through on a daily basis which if some of the projects awarded were completed, the sufferings and pains would have reduced, and dividends of democracy would have been delivered to the people,” he said.

He added that issues of basic social amenities such as provision of water, health centres, local roads, school buildings and erosion control formed the major demands of communities.

He noted that in the course of the investigation, they issued over 20 Freedom of Information Requests (FOI) to federal ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs), but that only a few responded to the information and data being sought.

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Video: Missing Ekiti Seven-Year-Old Girl Found Dead In A Cooler In Pastor’s House

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A 7-year-old girl, Damilade Fadare who was declared missing on evening of December 6, 2021, at Adehun, Ado-Ekiti, the has been found dead in the early hours of today.

According to reports, she was found dead this morning stabbed multiple times by a neighbour, who thereafter kept the corpse inside a cooler.

The house where she was found allegedly belongs to a pastor at Bolorunduro Street in the Adehun area.

It was gathered that the pastor said his wife was not around yesterday when officers of the Ekiti State Police Command were searching for the child, hence so the policemen could not search the house.

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According to reports, irate residents of the area have the house ablaze due to the heinous act.

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Sylvester Oromoni: Killer Of 12-yrs-old Student Boasts, says nothing will happen

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Sylvester Oromoni: Killer Of 12-yrs-old Student Boasts, says nothing will happen

The death of the sylvester, the 12-year-old boy gruesomely murdered by his seniors in school has raise alot of dust in the internet.

The incident which Mr Oromoni said he will not rest until justice is served to the killers of his son has quiet become complicated.

The police on their own side have also been making necessary investigations to ensure that justice is served.
Just recently Chrysora Media recieved a message from the sister of Sylvester. This message was forwarded to her by one of the killers of Sylvester.

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The message reads
“Nothing Will Happen. My Dad Is A Good Friend To The Chief Justice”

#justiceforsylvester

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Senator Kashamu’s family speaks on son’s involvement in Sylvester’s death

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The family of the late Senator Buruji Kashamu has denied the involvement of their son in the death of Sylvester Oromoni, 12-year-old pupil of Dowen College, Lekki.

Recalls that Sylvester died from internal injuries days before his birthday after being assaulted by fellow students in Dowen College.

The deceased, before his death, mentioned some names of boys who assaulted him.

Kashamu’s son was one of the suspects named in the case.

However, the family in a statement issued by Mutairu Kashamu for the family, confirmed that although one of their sons, Michael Adewale Kashamu, was named among the suspected bullies of the deceased, he had no involvement in the death of Sylvester.

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Part of the statement read: “The Kashamu family has been inundated with enquiries, calls and messages over the unfortunate incident at Dowen College, Lekki, Lagos, that led to the untimely death of Sylvester Oromoni, a 12-year-old student of the College.

“Most commentators have rushed to conclusions based on assumptions and false information, including the allegation that our son Adewale Michael Kashamu was involved in the bullying or beating of Sylvester Oromoni.”

The family noted that it has conducted its private investigation since the story broke out and their son was just Sylvester’s school father the previous session.

”We as a family have made our own private enquiries and carefully questioned our son about his involvement. This is why we didn’t rush out to respond to the cyber-stalking, name-calling and negative commentaries that have taken over the social media about our son’s alleged involvement in this sad incident.

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”Some of the true facts now slowly emerging from under the mass of lies are that: Our son, Adewale Michael Kashamu, had acted as a school father for the late Sylvester in his first session in the school at the request of Sylvester’s sister who is also a student of the school.

“However, in the 2021 session which began in September 2021 Adewale Michael Kashamu was moved to a different floor in the boarding house and engrossed in his own studies and activities, our son was no longer as close to Sylvester as in the previous session.”

The family condoled with the family of Late Sylvester Oromoni and appealed to all and sundry to hold their horses until the police and the Lagos State government have completed their independent investigations and established the truth.

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Dowen College has been shut down indefinitely by the Lagos State government till investigation into Sylvester’s death is over.

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