A member representing Ogoja-Yala Federal Constituency of Cross River State in the National Assembly, Mr. Agom Jarigbe, has lamented the non-implementation of the 2016 budget due to paucity of funds.
Already, the lawmaker alleged that the situation was having negative effect on members of the National Assembly, as no constituency project has been implemented in the 2016 appropriation law.
He said this on Sunday shortly after the annual Bakkor New Yam Festival in Ogoja.
Jarigbe said lawmakers were finding it difficult to fulfil their electoral promises due to the economic challenges.
The lawmaker stated that projects that would have made meaningful impact on the lives of the people were being delayed.
He added that as legislators, there was little they could do to fast track the execution of the projects other than to wait for the executive to release funds for the execution of the projects.
Jarigbe said, “We made promises to our people and have been able to attract some projects to our constituencies but the 2016 budget has not been implemented because of the recession. So, we are really not able to keep our campaign promises as people would want them to be.
“We were able to attract some projects to our constituency but the executive has not started the implementation of the budget. Even when these jobs have been advertised, there is no cash back-up for them to be executed. So, we are waiting for funds to be released for those projects to be executed so that our campaign promises can be kept.”
He also said that members of the National Assembly from Cross River State made efforts to ensure that the dilapidated Calabar-Ikom-Ogoja highway was captured in the 2016 budget. However, he said the interplay of political factors by the executive stalled the effort.
He, however, gave an assurance that efforts will be made to include the Calabar-Ikom-Ogoja road project in the 2017 budget proposal.