We Are Not Opposing Constituency Projects, But the Process – Aregbesola

THE Action Congress (AC) governorship candidate in Osun State, Engineer Rauf Aregbesola has said that he is not opposed to the Constituency Development Project in the state, saying it is only that the process through which the fund meant for the projects was distributed to the state legislators was not acceptable to the people of…”
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January 3, 2009 3:03 pm
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THE Action Congress (AC) governorship candidate in Osun State, Engineer Rauf Aregbesola has said that he is not opposed to the Constituency Development Project in the state, saying it is only that the process through which the fund meant for the projects was distributed to the state legislators was not acceptable to the people of the state.

Speaking in Ijebu-Jesa in Oriade Local Government Council Area of the state during the 80th birthday ceremony of Deaconess Beatrice Agunsoye, mother of the Lagos State Commissioner for Local Government Affairs, Honourable Rotimi Agunsoye last week Saturday, Aregbesola said that the process of distributing the funds by the state government was another means of looting the state treasury.

The AC candidate further stated that the fund was supposed to be paid directly to the contractors who are to handle the contracts in the constituencies of every lawmaker in the state, rather than paying it into the individual accounts of the lawmakers.

Aregbesola, who pitied the state on the parlous state of education, identified the sector as one of the important sectors to be developed through the constituency funds distributed to the lawmakers.

According to him, the Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola-led administration in the state has continued to fool the people on the education sector and other sectors, which he said should attract a serious attention of the government for the development of the state.

While warning the state lawmakers especially the AC legislators not to be used as a tool of deception by the PDP-led administration, Aregbesola called on them to use the money given to them for what it is meant.

It would be recalled that the distribution of the funds through individual accounts of every lawmaker generated controversies across the length and breadth of the state.

Opposition political parties, human rights groups and individuals criticised the processes through which the funds were distributed.

The process forced the opposition lawmakers in the House to petition anti-graft bodies, claiming that it ran foul of the provision of the nation constitution.

Some of the opposition lawmakers later received the fund allocated for their constituencies.

By KAZEEM MOHAMMED

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