Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) constituency tracking group says it has tracked projects worth N3 billion out of the N3.5 billion expected to be monitored in Kebbi State.
Team Leader, Mr. Akibu Garba, disclosed this in Birnin Kebbi on Friday after visiting various constituency projects in the central senatorial district.
The team visited Shanga,Yelwa, Danko/Wasagu, Sakaba, Aleiro, Jega, Birnin Kebbi Local Government Areas in Kebbi South and Kebbi Central Senatorial Districts.
Garba said the exercise is to ascertain how contracts for projects awarded were executed in various communities across the state, stating that Kebbi State is among the 16 states earmarked for the second phase of the exercise, which would cover water resources, agriculture, health, power and education sectors.
The team leader added that the group would also track contracting companies for statutory regulatory compliance, saying “this includes tax obligation and the value and impact of the projects for the various communities, where they are established.”
Investigation Officer in the team, Malam Sa’idu Yahaya, said that “the exercise focuses on fraudulent procurement practices in the award of contracts for constituency and executive projects.
“Our other objectives are to make recoveries on projects or contracts confirmed to have been inflated or in which contractors under-performed or did not perform at all; and track contracting companies for statutory compliance.
“So far, we have been able to do what is expected of us in those areas we visited and we are filing our reports to the commission for further directives to the contracting firms on statutory compliance,” he said.
He said the group had visited Kebbi South and Kebbi Central Senatorial Districts and located most of the projects that were carried out and those about to be completed.
“We are now waiting for specification on projects to be tracked in Kebbi North Senatorial District,” he said. According to him, the committee was set up to monitor and track the performance of constituency projects and value work done.