ICPC to Track N500bn Constituency Projects in Nigeria

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As the nation fights corruption and fraud, the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) said it is in the 6th phase of tracking some fraudulent constituency projects nationwide. This was revealed in a statement by Azuka Ogugua, the spokesperson of the commission.

The apex anti-corruption body said starting from Monday, Oct 16th, it will position its officers across all six geo-political zones of the nation, to track 1,932 projects valued at N500 billion. Azuka Ogugua listed Nasarawa, Benue, Kogi, Niger, Kwara, Plateau, Adamawa, Borno, Bauchi as main focus states for the exercise.

Other focus states, according to Ogugua include Taraba, Gombe, Yobe, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Sokoto, Anambra, Ebonyi, Imo, Akwa-Ibom, Bayelsa, Edo, Ekiti, Lagos, Ondo States and the Federal Capital Territory.

The Commission also announced that it will put special intervention agencies or captive funds projects handling and execution of North-East Development Commission (NEDC) and Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) under its radar and watch them closely, adding that the Niger Delta Development Commission, Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF), Ecological Fund Office, National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), and Hydro-Electric Power Producing Areas Development Commission (HYPPADEC) among others, will also be under its rader.

“The objectives of the exercise include improved service delivery to the people by investigating fraudulent procurement practices in the award of public contracts; full execution of all public funded projects; execution to specification of all projects funded by government; ensuring compliance with all regulatory requirements and ensuring that government gets value for money spent on projects.

“The commission will also be focusing on special intervention agencies/captive funds projects handling and execution of North-East Development Commission, Presidential Amnesty Program, Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF), Ecological Fund Office, National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), and Hydro-Electric Power Producing Areas Development Commission (HYPPADEC) amongst others.

“As usual, the exercise will be carried out by ICPC in collaboration with relevant stakeholders such as Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (NIQS), the media and civil society organisations,” the ICPC said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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