Do You Think Ned Nwoko Talks Too Much?

Ned Nwoko, the senator representing Delta North senatorial district, has revealed that he receives over N1 billion for constituency projects. In a recent interview, he explained that the allocation of resources to senators varies based on the scale of their constituency projects, indicating that it’s not uncommon for some senators, including himself, to receive larger amounts.

This disclosure comes amidst the controversy surrounding budget padding, as alleged by Senator Abdul Ningi, who claimed an extra N3.7 trillion was added to the 2024 budget without being tied to any additional projects. While the Red Chamber has denied any wrongdoing, some senators have clarified the allocation amounts for constituency projects in their districts.

Nwoko emphasized that the allocated funds are meant for financing projects and not for personal reimbursement of individual senators. He highlighted that senators secure funds through lobbying efforts rather than entitlement, and suggested a more uniform approach to allocating funds across senatorial districts.

“We are not talking about money for the senators. This is for projects within our senatorial districts. If you have road, water, or training programmes, all should aggregate to a particular amount,” Nwoko stated.

When questioned about receiving as much as N1 billion in allocation, the senator confirmed, “Of course, I did. That’s why I am who I am. But these are projects for my people.”

The recent revelations underscore the complexities and disparities in resource allocation for constituency projects among senators. As the debate continues, transparency and accountability in budgetary allocations remain critical for ensuring effective utilization of public funds for community development.

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