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The Lagos and Ogun States are leading other South West states in the ranking of the 2021 Zonal Intervention projects fund as Ogun gets N2,788,672,078 .
PLATFORM TIMES gathered that a total summit N16 billion has been released to
the Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) of Government in the budget of the federation as South West share .
PLATFORM TIMES gathered that the amount is 75 per cent of the total amount budgeted for the ZIP for this year.
PLATFORM TIMES further gathered that the Zonal Intervention Projects in Nigeria were first introduced during the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo in 1999.
It was reportedly aimed at ensuring equity in the allocation of projects sited in the Constituencies of state and federal lawmakers by various Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) of Government in the budget of the federation.
The intention, as the projects were designed, was to give an annual project budget to each Federal lawmaker, for which he is expected to nominate projects that best address the needs of his/her people.
The nominated projects are then placed for execution, in the relevant Ministry, Department or Agency of the Federal Government while the lawmaker who nominated them ensures execution through personal monitoring.
The data obtained from the verified Twitter account of the officials of ZIP showed that Lagos ranked third with N4,823,427,990 while Ogun state ranked 12th .
Other South West states such as Ondo which ranked 17 with N2,483,306,000, Osun ranked 25th with N1,992,000,000 while Ekiti and Oyo ranked 27the and 29th with N1,931,000 and N1,887,666,660 respectively .