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Reps members to pocket N150m each for constituency projects

Members of the House of Representatives in the 10th Assembly will get a total of N54bn for constituency projects, as each member will get N150m.

According to one of the lawmakers who pleaded for anonymity, the constituency allowances are part of the few privileges available to lawmakers to directly impact their various constituencies.

Constituency or zonal intervention projects in Nigeria refer to developmental projects sited in the constituencies of members of the state Houses of Assembly, members of the House of Representatives, or senators as budgeted for under various ministries, departments, and agencies. Such projects often have banners stating that a project was implemented in the name of the lawmaker.

The salaries and allowances of lawmakers have always been at the centre of controversies because they are often shrouded in secrecy.

In the ninth assembly, it was disclosed that each House of Representatives member got N100m, while each lawmaker in the Red Chamber got N200m for constituency projects. However, amid hardship and the need to call for the masses to endure the hard times in anticipation of the good times and the ‘Renewed Hope’ of the President Bola Tinubu-led administration, the constituency allowance of the lawmakers has increased by N50 million.

The lawmaker said, “In the House of Representatives, our constituency allowance is N150 million.This is the only opportunity we have to help our constituencies with one or more projects.

“We usually don’t have power over the real projects. So, this is often a palliative way for us to give back to our constituencies. Many of us often use our money to do all the projects that we do for our constituencies.

“And this year, we are getting N150 million in the House of Representatives; I don’t know how much they will get at the Senate.”

Members of the House of Representatives in the 10th Assembly will get a total of N54 billion for constituency projects, as each member will get N150 million.

According to one of the lawmakers who pleaded for anonymity, the constituency allowances are part of the few privileges available to lawmakers to directly impact their various constituencies.

Constituency or zonal intervention projects in Nigeria refer to developmental projects sited in the constituencies of members of the state Houses of Assembly, members of the House of Representatives, or senators as budgeted for under various ministries, departments, and agencies. Such projects often have banners stating that a project was implemented in the name of the lawmaker.

The salaries and allowances of lawmakers have always been at the centre of controversies because they are often shrouded in secrecy.

In the ninth assembly, it was disclosed that each House of Representatives member got N100m, while each lawmaker in the Red Chamber got N200m for constituency projects. However, amid hardship and the need to call for the masses to endure the hard times in anticipation of the good times and the ‘Renewed Hope’ of the President Bola Tinubu-led administration, the constituency allowance of the lawmakers has increased by N50 million.

The lawmaker said, “In the House of Representatives, our constituency allowance is N150 million.This is the only opportunity we have to help our constituencies with one or more projects.

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