By Roundoffnews

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has begun the monitoring of the various executive and constituency projects in Ekiti state.

The exercise which is ongoing simultaneously in 14 states such as Ekiti, Ogun, Gombe, Nasarawa, Kebbi, Kwara, Jigawa, Abia, Delta, Ebonyi, Niger, Rivers, Oyo, and Kaduna, is aimed at ensuring that due diligence were applied in the award of projects in the country.

The delegation to Ekiti State which led by a Chief superintendent, Azeez Lawal from the ICPC office in Osogbo, Osun State visited various projects in Ilawe Ikere and other towns under the Ekiti South Senatorial District.

Addressing newsmen after the tour, Azeez Lawal explained that a lot of discrepancies and shoddiness have been discovered in some of the projects which he said would be indicated in the report of his team.

He explained that the tracking exercise was an initiative of ICPC with the aim of investigating fraudulent procurement practices in the award of contracts for constituency and executive projects and to ensure that projects are done in line with standard regulations and specifications.

According to him, the pilot phase of the exercise which was launched in 2019 tracked projects performance from 2015 to 2019 in 12 states in which several fraudulent acts were noticed and corrected.

Lawal said “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.

Lawal noted that other constituencies would be visited soon by his team for proper scrutiny.