I detest arm chair journalism, in such vain I cannot be found culpable in arm chair reporting. In recent times I have beamed my search light on legislators, because they are one arm of government who are supposed to be closest to the people and speak for the interest of their constituents.
I recently visited Cross river state, to carry out investigative reporting on the state house legislators. I started with the speaker of the house in the person of Rt Hon John Gaul Lebo, who also represents the good people of Abi local government area, and in my bid to ensuring all stones are turned, I and my team of photographers and location assistants swung into action.
We visited Abi local government, which has ten (10) political council wards, we focused our investigative reporting on only projects the member representing the local government has embarked on in his second term in office, which spans from 2015 to date only, and basically on educational projects for efficiency and comprehensive scrutiny, as he is a returning member. The team started from Adadama where coincidentally the member hails from, it was evident he had projects like. (our focus is only on education, for the purpose of this reporting)
ADADAMA COUNCIL WARD
Police post construction (2 locations)
Construction of six (6) classroom blocks, St Bernard’s Primary School. Adadama
Facilitation of motorized borehole installation of solar panel
Facilitation of the Songhai farm PPP initiative to Cross river Basin Authority (85% process completed).
ITIGIDI COUNCIL WARD
Creation of Itigidi urban development authority
Furnishing of UBEC junior Secondary School. Itigidi
Supply of book shelves and sporting facilities to UBEC junior Secondary School. Itigidi
Construction of six (6) classroom blocks plus office/ store / toilet
Construction of motorized borehole /installation of solar panel
EDIBA COUNCIL WARD
Construction of a six (6) rooms block classroom.
EKUREKUBE COUNCIL WARD
Rehabilitation of four (4) rooms block classroom
USUMUTONG COUNCIL WARD
Rehabilitation of four (4) classroom block.
Facilitation of recruitment of indigenes at different agencies within the state and outside across board of the different council wards.
Supplies of seventy- seven (77) white maker board to different schools in the LGA.
Supplies of thirty-six (36) table tennis standard boards to designated schools in the LGA.
Distribution of two thousand one hundred and seventy-two (2, 172) sets of furniture (plastic chairs and tables) to all primary schools in the LGA.
Out of forty (40) original Primary school rehabilitation request submitted thirteen (13) have been awarded.