The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has announced its commencement of the tracking of Constituency and Executive Projects for the year, stating that the scheme is entering its third phase.

This was disclosed by Mrs Azuka Ogugua, spokesperson for ICPC, in a statement in Abuja, on Tuesday.

The ICPC revealed that it had started the scheme in 2019, which tracked efficiency and service delivery with constituency projects in the areas of education, health, agriculture, water resources, power, and many others.

What the ICPC said

“The first phase of the exercise was held in 2019 in 12 states and the FCT and saw the tracking of 524 projects. The second phase in 2020 had about 822 projects tracked in 16 states.

“The first two phases led to the recovery of assets worth billions of Naira to the government and return of equipment to communities for whom they were meant.

“Also, about 300 contractors returned to site and completed hitherto shoddily done or abandoned projects, ” Mrs Ogugua said.

“The Commission is following up the first two phases of the tracking with community sensitization and enlightenment programmes, receipt and handling of enquiries on the toll-free number (0800-CALL-ICPC/0800-2255-4272) and,” she stated further.

She added that some cases of diversion of project funds from the first two phases were being investigated, as the third phase of the constituency and executive projects tracking exercise was slated to take place in 17 states – Katsina, Kano, Sokoto, Yobe, Adamawa, Plateau and Kogi.

“Others are Benue, Ondo, Osun, Lagos, Bayelsa, Akwa Ibom, Enugu, Edo, Anambra and Imo States, as well as the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja,” she said.

The ICPC said the focus of the third phase of the project tracking would be on priority sectors of agriculture, education, power, health and water resources, with a total of 1,251 projects executed under the 2019 and 2020 appropriations that had been listed for tracking in the third phase. These include 1,024 constituency and 227 executive projects respectively.

“The objective of the tracking exercise is to ensure that the Appropriation Act is fully implemented as contemplated by law, monitor the implementation of the projects from inception to completion,” she said.

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