Lawmakers Protest Obasanjo's Call for Cancellation of Constituency Projects

October 2, 2016, 3:18 pm

Federal lawmaker representing Abeokuta North/Obafemi Owode/Odeda Federal Constituency, Hon. Micky Kazeem and Speaker, Ogun State House of Assembly, Hon. Suraj Adekunbi, at the weekend, condemned former President Olusegun Obasanjo's call for cancellation of constituency projects.

Obasanjo had at the end of a two-day National Council of Finance and Economic Development conference held in Abeokuta, called for cancellation of constituency projects embarked upon by lawmakers, saying  executive should be allowed to embark on government projects.

The lawmakers, who disagreed with Obama,  argued that constituency projects provide the  avenue for political leaders to appreciate their people.

Speaking during an empowerment programme organised  by  Micky Kazzim to the people of his constituency in Abeokuta, Adekunbi said "no one can compete anything with the former president, the argument is like an authority."

He noted however that "if we look at the policy behind establishment of constituency project and in any case part of the representative efforts  to look for a way to give back to our people was how we came about constituency project."

On his part, Kazeem said political office holders should not wait for constituency projects before they give back to their people,  urging his colleagues to emulate him , using their money to fund  empowerment programmes.

He however said " the issue of  constituency projects   would  help us  to  get  the support of our people  during  election period.

"It's  the  time we  have to  give back to our  community .We  remember when we are canvassing for votes , we went round villages, knocking on people's doors. People are not mad, not  fools  anymore, it is  about time we  allow them to enjoy their votes. 

"We all know the situation of the economy,  its time to give back to the people because if we consider the   economic  situation, we won't do anything till kingdom come," he surmised.

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