- Monday, May 9th begins phase four of the state constituency project investigation.
- Projects funded by the federal government under supervision followed and monitored by parliamentarians from different constituencies
- ICPC said it has already completed the first, second and third phases of the exercise, while the fourth phase will involve states such as Lagos, Rivers, Kano and 15 other states
FCT, Abuja – An exercise in tracking and monitoring constituency projects in 18 states of the federation staged by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offenses Commission (ICPC), Nigerian daily reports.
This disclosure was made by Azuka Ogugua, the spokesman for the Anti -Graft agency on Friday May 6th in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
According to the ICPC, the exercise is scheduled to begin Monday, May 9, with 550 federally funded projects in 18 states of the federation being tracked.
Others, according to her, include Abia, Ebonyi, Enugu, Akwa-Ibom, Rivers, Edo, Lagos, Ogun, Ekiti States and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT.
The ICPC revealed in their statement that in the first phase of the exercise, no fewer than 424 projects in 12 states were already being pursued in 2019.
Similarly, at least 722 constituency projects in 16 states were being pursued the second phase in 2020, while the third phase in 2021 tracked 1,098 projects in 16 other states.
Fourth phase of inspection to focus on key sectors – ICPC
However, the Anti-Graft Agency announced that the fourth phase will focus more on sectors such as education, health, water resources, agriculture economy and rural development and the energy sector.
This process will help investigate fraudulent procurement practices in project procurement, according to the ICPC.
The ICPC said:
“It ensures projects are executed to the stated standard, provides value for money and oversees the implementation of projects from start to finish will. Contracts that have been confirmed to have been bloated, or where contractors underperformed or did not perform at all.”
Meanwhile, fleeing contractors were penalized by the anti-graft agency invited to return there and work seriously to complete their various projects.
Also, contractors have been asked by the ICPC to comply with the legal principles that guide the whole process.