Following a weighty allegation by an online media, Sahara Reporters, that the Youth Capacity Development Centre at Jega attracted by Hon Mohammed Umar Jega, who represents Aliero/Gwandu/Jega Federal constituency in the National Assembly (NASS), is a ghost project which exists only on paper, the honorable has denied it in totality describing the publication as false, malicious and evil handiwork of mischievous politicians using journalists to carry out their nefarious acts, wondering how someone in his right senses could published unconfirmed report of that nature in the form of news.
Responding to journalists yesterday in his office at Abuja, Hon Jega who expressed shock over the publication gave details of the location and extent of work that have been carried out at the youth Centre.
He however ascertained that the project is an on-going one and which qualified its inclusion in the2017 budget for completion.
“Anybody can confirm it in 2017 budget, it was clearly titled, completion, furnishing & equipping of youth capacity development centre Jega.
The work is still in progress, the furnishing has reached advanced stage and the works remaining are electrical and equipping” Hon Jega added
“But even if there is any issue concerning the project, I am a legislator whose job is making laws and exercising oversight, which I am doing diligently and that is why I can tell you about the project- it is not my job to award contracts or to execute project,” the honorable further explained adding that what the BudgeIT or Sahara Reporters that masterminded the false publication against him should have done is to approach the relevant government office that is executing the project for clarification as according to him he is neither the executive that implements the budget nor the contractor handling it.
He cautioned journalists to always confirm their information before publishing, saying that what has happened in this case is giving a dog a bad name just to hang it.
He maintained that as 2019 general elections is approaching more political opponents are likely to engage in this kind of image tarnishing exercise urging newsmen to report responsibly in an objective and balanced manner as the ethics of the job dictates.
“There is absolutely no reason for linking me to a project they could not locate and tagging it ‘Ghost Project’ other than mischievous effort to bring my name to contempt, ridicule and opprobrium but they will not succeed”
He concluded saying he has directed his lawyer to look at the libel contents of the issue and advise him accordingly.
Ghost project Allegation on Jega: Group Caution Reporters
Following the a weighty allegation by an online media, Sahara Reporters, that the Youth capacity development Centre at Jega attracted by Hon Mohammed Umar Jega, who represents Aliero/Gwandu/Jega Federal constituency in the National Assembly, NASS, is a ghost project which exists only on paper, just because they could not locate it, a civil society group, Legislative writers Association has condemned the action describing it as the height of irresponsible journalism that must be discouraged
The group in a press statement made available to newsmen in Abuja and signed by its National Coordinator, Olisa Nwamadi and Johnson Eze, the group cautioned journalists to always confirm authenticity of their information before publishing as damaging falsehood like the one against Hon Jega amounts to libelous that spoils the taste of the pen profession
The statement countered that the Youth Capacity Development Centre in question is physically located in Jega and is nearing completion which is why it was added to the 2017 budget. “As writers here in NASS and who often go on oversight tour with legislators, we wish to confirm that the youth Centre being referred is known to us and is not a ghost project” the statement reads.
“Hon Jega is a descent legislator who has never engaged in any form of deceit in the act of doing his job and he cannot start it with a project that concerns his people which he loves so much. It is therefore preposterous, absurd and mischief for anyone to associate him with ghost project anywhere”. The statement added.
Furthering, the statement asserted that Hon Jega is the Deputy Chairman of the all-important House of Representatives Committee on Health services. But that he therefore oversights hospitals and medical Centers to ensure that good healthcare gets to Nigerians. A healthy nation they say is a wealthy nation. It will pay the country better if we avoid issues that will distract those entrusted with sensitive assignments. “Those that are behind this spurious allegation to tarnish the good image of Hon Jega have failed. They have brought their pig to the wrong shop,” the statement concludedAll rights reserved. This material and any other material on this platform may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, written or distributed in full or in part, without written permission from