N400m Constituency Fund Lands Nelson Effiong In Trouble
The inability of the Senator representing Eket Senatorial District, Chief Nelson Effiong, to carry out constituency briefing or empower his constituents despite allegedly collecting over N400 million in the last three years has pitched him with his constituents.
The Sensor authoritatively gathered that Senator Effiong, since he was sworn-in to office in 2015, has not executed a single project in his constituency even when about N200 million is allocated for constituency project each year.
It would be recalled that Senator representing Kaduna Central, Senator Shehu Sanni had recently opened a can of worms disclosing that Federal Government approves N200 million a year for constituency project for execution by an approved agency but some senators will go behind to collect the money cash with a promise that they want to execute the project that will benefit their constituents only for them to divert the money for personal use.
It was further gathered that while Senators Godswill Akpabio and Bassey Albert have executed several constituency project in their constituencies, Senator Effiong is yet to do same.
Speaking with our correspondent in Oron, Edet Okon Bassey said that the non-execution of project by Senator Effiong is unfortunate. The bitterly angry Bassey wondered what the Senator is using the constituency fund for when youths of the senatorial districts are not even empowered.
He called for the senator’s accountability and briefing of the constituents.
On his part, Okon Effiong Etim, an indigene of Mbo local government area berated the senator for not giving back to the people that he represent, saying that the senator is the worst performing senator in the history of Oron nation. He equally demanded for accountability.
Ime Isaac from Esit Eket local government area, noted with dismay, the poor representation of Senator Effiong at the Red Chamber.
He said, “Since Senator Nelson Effiong was sworn-in to represent Eket Senatorial District, he has never visited Esit Eket, not to talk of attracting one single project to the area. I do not know what he is doing with constituency money.”
Isaac called on the Senator to come home and identify with the people if he wants to remain relevant in the politics of the senatorial district.
Meanwhile, the battle to succeed Senator Nelson Effiong has continued to thicken as many prominent citizens of Oro nation have filed out. The Sensor gathered that as at last count, Mrs. Akon Eyakeyin, Barr. Ekpenyong Ntekim and Mr. Orman Esin have buckled their political shoes for the race.