ICPC launches tracking tool on constituency project, warns politicians

ICPC launches tracking tool on constituency project, warns politicians

- ICPC has launched a tool capable of tracking the number of constituency projects across the country

- The commission made this known through its chairman, Bolaji Owasanoye, who said the tool will help prevent fraudulent procurement practices

- Owasanoye also lamented the rate at which constituency projects are left abandoned across the country

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has vowed to to give political defaulters involved in the spurious execution of constituency projects their worst nightmares.

Speaking in Abuja on Tuesday, April 2, ICPC chairman, Bolaji Owasanoye, made the disclosure when the anti-corruption commission was launching its Constituency Projects Tracking Group (CPTG), Daily Trust reports.

Legit.ng recalls that since its inception, federal lawmakers have used the constituency projects to loot over N100 billion from the national treasury annually.

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The ICPC boss said since constituency project is incorporated into the annual budgetary allocation, more should be done to make the projects more visible and ensure they are convincingly done.

Owasanoye also lamented the rate at which constituency projects are left abandoned across the country.

According to him, out of 436 constituency projects that were tracked by the commission in 2015, 145 were completed, 77 on-going, and 211 not executed.

He further disclosed that out of 852 projects in 20 states tracked in 2016, 350 were completed, 118 were on-going, 41 locations were not specified in the budget, while 343 were not executed at all.

He said: “Out of these, 478 were completed, 173 were in an unspecified location, 200 on-going, 13 abandoned, while 364 were not started.''

Owasanoye said the ICPC will synergise with Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (NIQS) to investigate amounts appropriated for projects and its utilization, adding that with the CPTG, the commission will be able to track fraudulent procurement practices in the award of contracts for constituency projects.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Fiscal Responsibility Commission (FRC) on Tuesday, April 2 said it had begun verification of the 2018/2019 federal government’s projects in the north-east.

Grace Michael, the principal communication officer of the commission, in a statement in Maiduguri, said that the exercise was designed to ensure that the projects were executed in line with the budgetary provisions.

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