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ICPC will track N500 billion in constituency projects throughout 25 states and the Federal Capital Territory

Phase 6 tracking of the N500 billion executive and constituency projects, which began in 2019 in 25 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), is scheduled to start, according to the ICPC.

Teams will be monitoring 1,932 projects during the exercise, according to a statement released in Abuja on Friday by Mrs. Azuka Ogugua, a spokesman for the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offenses Commission (ICPC).

She clarified that Nasarawa, Benue, Kogi, Niger, Kwara, Plateau, Adamawa, Borno, Bauchi, Taraba, Gombe, and Yobe were the focal states for the program.

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.

“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.

“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,” she said.

According to her, the commission will also be focusing on special intervention agencies and capital funds projects handling, and execution of 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 Oct. 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. (NAN)

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