President Muhammadu Buhari has requested the approval of the Nigerian Senate in confirming five Commissioners to fill vacancies at the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC). This was disclosed by Senate President, Ahmed Lawan during plenary on Tuesday, as he read the letter from the Presidency to the lawmakers.

President Buhari stated that the confirmation request was in accordance with the provision of Section 3(6) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000. The persons nominated by the Presidency as ICPC commissioners include Dr Mojisola Yaya-Kolade, Ekiti (South-West), Mrs Anne Otelafu Odey, Cross River (South-South), Alhaji Goni Ali Gujba, Yobe (North-East), Dr Louis Solomon Mandama, Adamawa (North-East), and Sen. Anthony O. Agbo, Ebonyi (South-East).

President Buhari also requested that the Senate approve the appointment of Mr Mohammed Baba as Federal Commissioner for Revenue Mobilization, Allocation and Fiscal Commission representing Bauchi State, in accordance with the provision of Section 154(1) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).

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

“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, ” the ICPC 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.