The Africa Network for Environment and economic justice (ANEEJ), has demanded that sanction be imposed against contractors that have abandoned their projects in the State.
This was contained in a report on Budget Monitoring in the Education sector of Edo State between 2019/2020.
Presenting the report at a town hall meeting on Thursday in Benin City, a resource person with ANEEJ, Sandra Eguagie on Thursday, urged the Media to raise awareness on government activities.
She also urged the State House of Assembly to step up their oversight functions towards ensuring that contracts are awarded on merit.
20 primary schools including tertiary institutions that were selected randomly in the study across the three Senatorial district of the State.
The study further revealed that 14 projects have been completed, five others are ongoing while one project is yet to commence.
Earlier in his welcome address, Reverend David Ugolor, Executive Director, ANEEJ, said, the aim of the event is to present the report findings to the public and activate Citizens’ action to project monitoring.
He stressed that the town hall meeting is also aimed at increasing the oversight function of government and other relevant to the implementation and completion of Human Capital development projects in the State.
Ugolor who spoke on “Tackling Human trafficking through Advocacy to increase investment on Human Capital Development and Civic Engagement in Edo State”, called on the executive Arm of Government to adequately mobilise contractors to site to enable them complete allocated within the contractual time frame.
He stressed the need for lawmakers to step up their oversight role; just as he urge Civil Society Organizations (CSO’s) and the Media as well as Citizens to engage government for a regular monitoring of projects to forestall abandonment.
He called on CSO’s to carve a niche for themselves in which they can engage the government on Budget Monitoring and performance in key sectors including Education, Health.
Mr. Innocent Edemharia, programme Manager, ANEEJ, called on Citizens to interrogate data in tracking government projects and achieving set goals.
Benin Zonal Commander, National Agency for the prohibition and Trafficking in persons (NAPTIP), Ijeoma Uduak, delivered a goodwill message at the event.
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