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‘ICPC to prosecute contractors for abandoning projects’

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The Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye, has vowed to get contractors who abandoned projects across the country back to site, or they would be prosecuted.

He said the commission was tracking constituency projects, adding that the era when money worth billions of Naira was sunk into projects without execution was over.

“Abandoned projects from 2017, 2018 and 2019 are undergoing investigation by the commission and contractors involved must account for them, or the law will take its course,” Owasanoye said.

He spoke yesterday in Akwanga, Nasarawa State, during a town hall meeting on ‘My constituency, my project’, organised by the National Orientation Agency (NOA), in collaboration with the ICPC.

Prof. Owasanoye, represented by a commissioner in the ICPC representing Benue, Plateau and Nasarawa states, Mr. Adebayo Obaniyi, said the commission has traced abandoned projects in 12 states.

He said: “In its drive to stop corruption in the projects executed by the government, the ICPC launched its constituency projects tracking group initiative in 2019 and began the first phase of tracking with 12 states to see whether constituency projects were executed and if they were done satisfactorily.

“This exercise, popularly called CPTG, was a huge success. If you do this, you will be helping the legislators who may not know how contractors are performing on the field. Likewise, you are helping yourselves to ensure that projects delivered are durable and of the right quality.”

NOA Director-General Dr. Garba Abari enjoined the people to protect their constituency projects by reporting to the commission, abandoned projects in their localities.

Abari, represented by the Nasarawa State Coordinator of NOA, Precilla Allu, said the new template NOA advocates under the new partnership with ICPC is for the people to own the process beginning from conception to execution.

“It is through this that the aim of bringing government to the grassroots will be achieved. Our concern should be how this vehicle of development can be made to deliver the desired gains to the people,” she said.


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