The Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related offenses Commission (ICPC), says it has widened the scope of constituency project tracking to accommodate projects below N100 million.
The anti-corruption agency made the disclosure on Wednesday during a radio program, PUBLIC CONSCIENCE produced by the Progressive Impact Organization for Community Development, PRIMORG.
It will be recalled that ICPC has flagged off the second phase of constituency projects, having made marked success in the first phase.
Fielding questions during the radio programme, ICPC’s Assistant Commissioner and Executive Monitoring Team, Mr Jimoh Sulahhiman, said the agency wouldn’t have achieved much if they tracked all project, hence, they focused on projects with threshold of N100 Million.
He added that ICPC has been tracking projects that are above one hundred million Naira.
“We just started last year that was why we brought the threshold to hundred million naira, definitely now that it is continuing, we have to go back to maybe 50 million.
“These are project that make the people in the community feel that there are project in their community. People at the grassroots should also contribute by writing and getting involved, telling us what is happening in their community, such that even if a project is 20 million and they feel that this project was not well executed, we will go there and see what has happened and we will bring in who so ever has done something wrong.
“So it doesn’t mean we are going to stay put in a hundred million treasury we can come down to 50, 20 and even 10,” Sulahhiman said.
When asked the experiences ICPC gathered during the first phase of constituency projects tracking, Sulahhiman said “we saw that the legislator can put a project on his land, and before we know it becomes a hotel, these are the issues we see on the field.”
ICPC’s Acting HoD, Public Enlightenment and Spokesperson, Mrs Azuka Ogugua, revealed that the agency tracked projects in 12 states, they are; Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Bauchi , Benune, Enugu, Edo, Imo, Kano, Kogi, Lagos, Osun, Sokoto, as well as part of the FCT.
She said the second phase will accomodate Cross River, Taraba, Ekiti, Ogun, Gombe, Nasarawa, Kebbi, Kwara, Jigawa, Abia, Delta, Ebonyi, Niger, Rivers, Oyo, and Kaduna, and will focus on the following sectors: Health, Education, Water Resources, Agriculture, and Power.
Earlier, a co-convener of the programme, Mr Okhiria Agbosuremi added his voice to ICPC’s call for citizens to become more proactive in reporting abandoned or uncompleted projects in their localities.
The production of PUBLIC CONSCIENCE by PRIMORG is supported by the MacArthur Foundation.