Millions taken but projects abandoned in Delta and Cross river state.
Published December 11, 2017 by Tracka NG
Every community has the right to social amenities, but these needs were not being met in several communities visited by the Tracka team. The sorry tale of Osakan, a community located about 15 kilometers on a muddy footpath accessible only with motorcycle from Obubra, headquarters of Obubra Local Government Area of Cross River State, is a classic example. Ordinarily, the proximity of the community to the headquarters should attract social amenities, but that is not the case.
The visiting Tracka team conducted a sensitisation exercise to create awareness on the construction of motorised boreholes with steel overhead tank, including 10 tap outlets and a 2.5kva generator worth N15 million captured in the Federal Government’s 2017 constituency projects, but which had not been implemented.
Tracka is a citizen-driven platform that allows citizens to monitor capital projects in their communities, in a bid to strengthen transparency and accountability in governance whilst compelling elected representatives to improve service delivery in their constituencies.
During the visit, Osakan residents were sensitised and encouraged to engage with their representatives and demand updates on project implementation. A youth in the community made a phone call to their representative, Hon Michael Irom Etaba, after reading through the publication shared to the residents which contained details of projects and contacts details of their representatives at the National Assembly. However, the representative did not answer the call. The young man reported that this had always been the case.