The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has commence the monitoring of the various executive and constituency projects in Ekiti state.
The exercise is going simultaneously in 14 states of Ekiti, Ogun, Gombe, Nasarawa, Kebbi, Kwara, Jigawa, Abia, Delta, Ebonyi, Niger, Rivers, Oyo, and Kaduna, is aimed at ensuring due diligence in the award of constituency projects in the country.
The delegation to Ekiti State was led by Mr Azeez Lawal a Chief Suprintendent of the Commission from Oshogbo area office of the commission, visited government projects in Ilawe,Ikere Ekiti and other towns in Ekiti South Senatorial District.
Speaking after the tour, the ICPC team leader, Azeez Lawal explained that the tracking exercise was an initiative of ICPC aimed at investigating fraudulent procurement practices in the award of contracts for constituency and executive projects and to also ensure that projects are done in line with standard regulations and specifications.
He said that the pilot phase of the exercise launched in 2019 tracked projects performance from 2015 to 2019 in 12 states of the federation in which several fraudulent acts were noticed and corrected.
According to him “Successes of the exercise included the recoveries of tractors, ambulances, dialysis machines and other hospital equipment from sponsors of the projects across the pilot states.
“The successes also included the recovery of huge sums of money, hundreds of tricycles, grinding machines and other empowerment items from the project sponsors.
He called on members of the public to assist the commission with necessary information about corrupt practices in their areas for prompt action.