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No Constituency Allowance For Senators – Wakili

Posted: Jun 15, 2016 at 6:14 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

 Patience Ogbodo-Iwuagwu

Bauchi – Senator Ali Wakili, representing Bauchi South Senatorial District, has insisted that there is nothing like constituency allowance in the National Assembly.

Wakili stated this in Bauchi on Tuesday while distributing cars to his coordinators and strong party supporters in the seven local government areas of his constituency.

He said, “There is no such thing as constituency allowance. It exists only in the imagination of the public.”

Senator Wakili also said, “Constituency projects to my understanding are projects that are secured in the federal budget for your constituency. People out there erroneously think that legislators are given money to go and execute constituency projects.

“There is no such a thing. You as a lawmaker lobby to get projects that would benefit your constituents put into the budget.

“Nobody gave me kobo as constituency allowance to share to the general public. We are there in the Senate to make policies and decide on laws that suit my constituency and people of my constituency.

“Any project by the President from the ministry would definitely be in somebody’s constituency. They are called constituency projects because the initiative to get them into the budget is from the legislator. We also have social responsibility programmes. For instance, I have purchased computer for schools and water pumps for irrigation farming.

“Those ones are paid for from my pockets and I can determine how I want to spend my money. it is my decision, it is my money,” he explained.

He, however, urged beneficiaries of the cars to make judicious use of the vehicles to also help neighborhood and their entire communities.