Technocrat Media, Abuja
The federal ministry of agriculture and rural development (FMARD) is to implement 372 projects worth 28.69 billion naira worth of constituency projects allocated in the 2022 budget.
According to an analysis by Connected Development (CODE), 107 out of the projects allocated to FMARD are for empowerment and training.
‘Empowerment and training projects’ are categorised as soft projects which FollowTheProjects and Tracka have raised alarms that soft projects are difficult to monitor and track—saying lawmakers and MDAs might be using them as conduit-pipe to divert public resources.
The 2022 budget for zonal intervention projects (ZIPs) also known as “Constituency Projects” shows that a total of 1710 projects amounting to 100 billion naira have been budgeted to be executed across the 36 states of the federation, including the federal capital territory (FCT).
ZIPs are projects nominated by the 360 members of the house of representatives and the 109 members of the Senate—making the national assembly (NASS).
Analysis of the nominations shows that NASS members allocated the largest amount to FMARD which is to implement 28.7% of the budget, which amounted to—N28.69 billion.
The second largest is followed by the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) with 14%—which amounted to N13.69 billion while the Federal Ministry of Science & Technology comes third with 10.94%— which amounted to about N11 billion.
The SGF is to implement 257 projects while the federal ministry of labour & employment is to implement 213 projects.
Other high allocations include that of the federal ministry of labour & employment with N10.1 billion representing 10.11%; the federal ministry of industry, trade & investment with N6 billion representing 6.08%; and the federal ministry of water resources with N6 billion representing 6.05% allocations respectively.
The federal ministries of education, health, and women’s affairs got the lowest allocations of 5.4%, 2.1%, and 1.2% respectively.
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