ICPC to Track Projects in 17 Northern States Including FCT

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) says it would track constituency and executive projects in 17 northern states including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.

The anti-corruption agency said it would also track the project in other eight southern states. According to Azuka Ogugua, spokesperson for ICPC, the projects are valued at N500 billion, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports.

She said the agency began the tracking in 2019, adding the current one is phase six of the exercise. She added that the team would track 1,932 projects.

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The northern states include Nasarawa, Benue, Kogi, Niger, Kwara, Plateau, Adamawa, Borno, Bauchi, Taraba, Gombe and Yobe.

Others, according to her, are Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Sokoto, Anambra, Ebonyi, Imo, Akwa-Ibom, Bayelsa, Edo, Ekiti, Lagos, Ondo States as well as the FCT.

Her words: “The objectives of the exercise include improved service delivery to the people by investigating fraudulent procurement practices in the award of public contracts, full execution of all publicly funded projects.

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“Execution to specification of all projects funded by the government, ensuring compliance with all regulatory requirements and ensuring that government gets value for monies spent on projects.”

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The agency, she said, would also focus on special intervention agencies and capital funds projects handling, and execution of the North-East Development Commission, Presidential Amnesty Programme and Niger Delta Development Commission.

“Also, Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF), Ecological Fund Office, National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), and Hydro-Electric Power Producing Areas Development Commission (HYPPADEC), amongst others, said the spokesperson.

“As usual, the exercise will be carried out by ICPC in collaboration with relevant stakeholders such as the Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (NIQS), the media and civil society organisations,” she said

Ogugua noted that the 6th phase, which would commence on October 16 in the six geo-political zones of the country, was coming on the heels of the massive success of the 5th phase, which took place in November 2022.

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