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ICPC commences tracking of N1.68bn constituency projects in Gombe
ICPC commences tracking of N1.68bn constituency projects in Gombe

ICPC commences tracking of N1.68bn constituency projects in Gombe

ICPC commences tracking of N1.68bn constituency projects in Gombe

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has begun tracking of 22 constituency projects worth N1.68 billion across Gombe State.

Mr Laban Rakum, Superintendent, ICPC Bauchi State office who is the team lead for the exercise, disclosed this during a Constituency and Executive Projects Tracking Group (CEPTG) meeting held in Gombe on Tuesday.

Rakum stated that the projects to be tracked would cover between 2016 and 2019 and the amount budgeted for the projects was N1.68 billion while the contracts were awarded for N1billion.

He stated that the exercise would cover some selected Constituency Projects in Gombe North Senatorial District, Gombe Central Senatorial District and Kaltungo/Shongom Federal Constituency and were executed by five Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).

The ICPC official stated that the primary objective of the exercise “is to ensure the satisfactory execution of all constituency/executive projects as well as to obtain value for money from the treasury.

“We have the mandate to investigate fraudulent procurement practices
in the award of contracts for constituency or executive projects and other projects with potential to impact lives of ordinary Nigerians.

“ Our expected outcomes are to improve delivery of social welfare services to the citizens and to ensure value for money in execution of
public projects.”

According to him, the exercise which will be carried out in collaboration with other stakeholders like Civil Society Organisations
(CSOs), Nigeria Institute of Quantity Surveyors (NIQS) and the media,
is expected to last for four weeks.

Rakum said that the exercise was expected to be simultaneously run in 16 states including Gombe State and this was the second phase of the initiative by the Commission.

Our correspondent reports that the highlights of the meeting included stakeholders’ interactive session where questions, suggestions and recommendations were raised and addressed in order to enhance the exercise during field trips to communities.

ICPC commences tracking of N1.68bn constituency projects in Gombe

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