Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) has cautioned contractors against poor execution of constituency projects sited in communities for the benefit of the people.
The Superintendent, ICPC Bauchi State office, Mr. Laban Rakum, gave the warning on Thursday in Kalarin community, Kaltungo Local Government Area of Gombe State.
Rakum stated that the warning has become imperative in view of the observations made from the inspection tour of constituency projects across Gombe State, where some defects were noticed in some of the projects executed by contractors.
”We have observed a contractor that did poorly on site. For the contractors who have done poorly, we are together with a team of quantity surveyors and they are taking notes of all the defects.
”We are also conscious of all issues that have to do with the technicalities and as soon as they are through with their report, we are going to call on the contractors and we are going to straighten our records.
”Sometimes, it will require the contractors coming back to site to complete those things that were omitted in the design and sometimes, we also recover the funds for the missing part of the project,” he revealed.
According to him, the ICPC is bent on following up every constituency project to be able to track all projects, while sensitising communities on how to monitor and report when they notice any shoddy job by contractors.
The ICPC official stated that the commission has the mandate to blacklist contractors based on their poor performance on the field, adding that “when we see a repeated shoddy job, we can make recommendations to agencies and blacklist that contractor.
”For this particular job, it is going to be dependent on the outcome from investigation.’’
He added that it is no longer going to be business as usual for contractors handling constituency projects.
Rakum, who is also the team lead for the Constituency and Executive Projects Tracking Group (CEPTG) for Gombe State, said they were also sensitising the communities to take ownership of projects to ensure their sustainability.
The ICPC team inspected a total of 20 units of two classroom blocks and 22 units of three blocks of classroom projects in Akko, Shongom, Kaltungo and Yamaltu/Deba Local Government Areas of the state.
The total cost of the projects is put at N578 million.