The minister said the projects were adequately monitored
The Minister of Special Duties and Inter-governmental Affairs, Kabiru Turaki, said about 114 agencies were involved in the execution of constituency projects in 2013.
The minister said on Monday that the execution of the projects was monitored by ministry officials chosen by the National Assembly to ensure compliance with set standards.
He said for the first time in the history of implementation of constituency projects in the country, officials from the ministry were able to go to follow up on the execution of the 3,299 projects by the supervising agencies. The close monitoring, he said, was to ensure that what the contractors were doing were with the projects were in line with the expectations of both members of the National Assembly and President Goodluck Jonathan.
The close monitoring by the officials, he said, was also to ensure that even contractors rights were also protected as far as payment and payment module were concerned.
Mr. Turaki said the involvement of the ministry in monitoring the implementation of projects carried out by other Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs, was to ensure transparency in execution.
He said the ministry also had the responsibility to ensure the quality of the projects executed by MDAs not only met government standards, but that government was not short changed. Mr. Turaki also said that the ministry was able to cement the relationships between the three tiers of government and the three arms of government in 2013.
“Nigerians have noticed better cooperation, understanding and a lot of synergy in the ways the three tiers and three arms of government were carrying out their constitutional mandate and responsibilities,’’ he said.
He said the introduction of a forum for all stakeholders involved in projects execution, including members of the National Assembly, implementing MDAs, contractors, was an innovation the ministry brought in 2013 in the way constituency projects were being handled.
Underlining the need for improvement in the way constituency projects were being implemented in the country, Mr. Turaki said the ministry, as part of intergovernmental affairs, was able to coordinate the activities of governance in terms of the relationship between the three tries of government.
On the activities of the ministry in 2014, Mr. Turaki said his ministry intended to improve on what was done in 2013, saying efforts would be made to continue with some outstanding constituency projects when the budget is passed.
On challenges, the minister said funding for projects was the biggest, while the other was office accommodation, saying that with its peculiar assignment, the ministry required a lot of funding to be able to meet up with such new assignment.