Deputy Senate leader, Bala Ibn Na’Allah has allegedly diverted one of his constituency projects to personal use at his Zuru residence in Kebbi State.

The facility, a borehole project, was supposed to be for the benefit of the entire community to put an end to cases of water scarcity.

The Senator, who represents Kebbi South senatorial district, was exposed after Zuru community members informed BudgIT’s Tracka team of a motorised borehole constructed in the premise of Senate Deputy Leader.

The community members expressed dissatisfaction over the conversion of public property to personal use.

The water facility was one of the projects funded in the 2016 budget.

The BudgIT’s Tracka team had earlier in 2016 visited the senatorial district, during which it observed that a number of projects were captured in the 2016 federal constituency projects.

The team met with residents of the area and encouraged them to ensure project delivery through active participation.

The tracked projects included:

  • Complete renovation of Zuru Town Hall for N155m
  • Supply of eight Toyota Hiace ambulances for Zuru, Yauri, Dankwo/Wasagu, Shanga, Sakaba, Fakai and Ngaski for N160m
  • Provision of 71 motorised boreholes in each of the 71 wards in Kebbi South for N710m
  • Provision of 41 hand pump boreholes in 41 wards of Zuru/Fakai/Sakaba/danko-Wasagu for N61.5m

The community leaders then wrote a letter to Ibn Na’allah, and the relevant ministries, requesting an update on the implementation of the projects.

It was gathered that in December 2016,  a youth leader in the community Nuhu Hussaini informed the Tracka field officer that the renovation of the Zuru Town Hall had begun and that one Toyota ambulance vehicle had been delivered to Yauri General Hospital.

He also informed the team that the provision of 71 motorised boreholes had also started in the selected wards in Kebbi South Senatorial District.

He, however, expressed displeasure to the team on the N155 million cost of the Zuru Town Hall renovation, which the community considered a misplaced priority.

According to the youth, there are more pressing needs that will sustain the community.

He cited an example that if the N155 million was invested in agriculture as the state is known as one of the largest producers of rice, the unemployment rate in their community would significantly reduce and the living standard of the people will be improved.