The independent Corrupt Practices Commission, ICPC, has restraint Nigeria youths from putting up a lackadaisical attitude towards the execution of constituency projects often embarked upon by law makers of national assembly but give close monitoring of the projects with keen interest.
ICPC Chairman, Prof. Bolaji Owansanoye made the remarks during the town hall meeting which was rounded off in Calabar, capital of Cross River State at weekend.
Owansaoye urged the youths to see the constituency projects usually executed by law makers of both state and national assemblies asking them to take ownership of the projects as cash used for execution of such capital projects come from the government treasury and not from lawmakers pockets.
The ICPC boss solicits for all hands to be on deck to ensure that constituency projects are executed according to specifications as quoted in the contract agreement in order to forestall projects from being poorly executed.
“Nigerians should participate in selecting, implementing and monitoring projects by their legislators because it is through such projects government touches the lives of the people”. He said.
The ICPC helmsman stated that it is the drive to stop corruption in the execution of constituency projects and other government projects that ICPC initiated the idea to track the execution of such projects across the thirty six states of the country
“This exercise popularly known as Constituency Project Tracking Group started in 2019 and was a huge success with the communities in the pilot states on the account that a lot of projects abandoned were completed or are now being completed”.
The ICPC chairman who is being represented by the commission’s commissioner for Cross River/Akwa Ibom states, Sola Sodipo, alleged that a lot of equipment and machinery meant for the benefits of the people which were kept away were distributed to the beneficiaries and put to good use.
“Importantly, the scope of exercise has been widened to include those projects which were specially developed and implemented by the executive arm of government”
He said the town hall meeting was organised in conjunction with National Orientation Agency, NOA, to ensure that people are properly enlightened on their rights as it relates to constituency projects.
In his words, the ICPC chairman said, “Your representatives in the legislature who select constituency projects do so because they are closer to you and it is expected that they understand your needs better therefore you should work with them to make sure that such projects chosen actually reflect your needs.