Communique Issued at the end of a 2-day Agenda Setting Retreat of the House of Representatives Committee on Constituency outreach at Protea Hotel, Owerri on 13th-14th March 2020

The House Committee on Constituency Outreach organized a 2-day retreat on the 13-14 March 2020 in Owerri, Imo state, to set an agenda and develop its operational work-plan for the year 2020. The retreat among others highlighted the mandate of the Committee to include: ensuring the maintenance of constituency offices by members; liaising with appropriate Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDA’s) responsible for the coordination of constituency development projects; monitoring and supervising constituency projects and reporting to the House; and annual budget estimates. Discussions focused on oversight, constituency projects for inclusive governance, constituency engagement and democratic accountability in Nigeria. At the end of the retreat, the Committee resolved as follows:

1. To utilize its powers and mandate to ensure proper education and improve citizens understanding of constituency projects and effective ways of engaging lawmakers on constituency project implementation. This will build public trust and promote democratic accountability.

2. To ensure proper implementation and release of funds for members’ constituency projects in line with the demands of their constituents. The committee also commits to provide an updated database of constituency projects as allocated in the Appropriation Act annually for ease of monitoring and assessment of constituency projects.

3. To deploy its oversight powers to ensure that members set up functional constituency offices as statutorily required. This will enable effective communication between constituents and their representatives and deepen legislative accountability. The Committee is committed to promoting regular engagement between constituents and their representatives to promote inclusive governance.

4. To encourage lawmakers to monitor and ensure the successful implementation of their constituency projects and for ease of
identification appropriated constituency projects should labelled as ‘facilitated by’ in place of ‘donated by’.

5. Submit reports on the state of constituency offices and constituency projects to the House.

6. To partner with Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and development partners in the monitoring and tracking of constituency projects and constituency offices.

Signed:
Rep. Bello Kaoje Rep. Kani Abubakar Faggo
Chairman, House Committee Deputy Chairman, House
Committee Constituency Outreach Committee on Constituency
Outreach
Rep. Samaila Sulaiman Rep. Alex Egona
Rep. Peter Owolabi Rep. Ahmed Madaki Gololo
Rep. Abubakar Yahaya Kusada Rep. Ise-Idehen Jude
Rep. Babangida Alasan Abdullahi Rep. Micah Jiba
Rep. Olumide A. Ojerinde Rep. Sam Chinedu Onwuaso
Rep. Olododo Cook Abdulganiyu Saka Rep. Nwuzi Ephraim
Rep. Alli Adeyemi Taofeek Rep. Abdulkarim Usman
Rep. Ahmed Muh’d Bukura Rep. Yusuf A. Tijani
Rep. Steve Azaiki Rep. Ugonna Ozurigbo
Rep. Solomon Adaelu Rep. Akintola Oluokun George
Rep. Richard Gbande Rep. Saidu Doka Umar
Rep. Makwe Livinus