HEDA takes Lagos lawmaker to ICPC over constituency project fund
• They are mistaken, says Nwulu
House of Representatives member for Oshodi/Isolo constituency, Tony Nwulu, has a date with the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) over constituency projects fund, which he allegedly misappropriated.
In a petition by Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA) and African Centre for Media and Information Literacy (AFRICMIL), the ICPC was informed that Nwulu failed to account for the use of funds budgeted for the constituency projects.
However, the lawmaker, who denied receiving any invitation or petition, accused the petitioners of misrepresenting facts, explaining that “lawmakers do not handle funds or execute projects.”
According to him, no legislator executes constituency projects, because when the lawmaker successfully lobbies for a constituency project, it is domiciled with the agency charged with its execution.“I do not have a company, neither am I a contractor. Execution of constituency projects is within the purview of the executive,” he declared.
The petitioners alleged that the budget for constituency projects in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lawmaker’s area was fraught with strong suspicion of fraud, stressing that many of Nwulu’s constituents were deeply worried that he failed to meet their expectations.
Signed by HEDA’s chairman, Olanrewaju Suraju, and AFRICMIL’s director, Chido Onumah, the petitioners told ICPC that the constituents of Oshodi/Isolo federal constituency of Lagos “are demanding explanations and raising questions as to the budgetary allocations and projects of Nwulu, given that people in his constituency have no reference points to show how he expended the public funds.”
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