UMUAHIAâ€”A member of the Abia House of Assembly, Chief Mba Ukaha of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has said that the non-implementation of budgets has been a serious set-back to development in the state.
Ukaha, who represents Ohafia South Constituency, saidÂ that the executive arm of government had been selective in budget implementation.
â€œThis accounts for why funds meant for constituency projects are not released to honourable members,â€™â€™ he claimed.
â€œSince I was elected as a legislator, the government has not given any honourable member money for constituency projects and this has been a terrible set-back to some of us.
â€œThe clarification has become necessary because there are a lot of speculations that such funds have been made available and that we diverted them to other uses.â€™â€™
Ukaha said that constituency projects were statutory, and had always been included in the state budgets.
He said the executive seemed to have decided to deny the legislators what was due to them to create the impression that they were not performing.
The lawmaker described the development as anti-people â€œbecause our constituents will expect something from us as their representatives.â€™â€™
According to him, since the members of the assembly do not control any form of vote, it is imperative for the government to release funds meant for grassroots development.
â€œWe have resolved as a house that the 2010 budget must be implemented to the letter because we are accountable to the people,â€ he said.