The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has begun the tracking of constituency projects in Lagos State on 1st September, 2021.
The tracking exercise, which began Wednesday, would last for 12 days, the state commissioner for ICPC, Kabir Elelu, said.
Mr Elelu said a total number of 123 zonal intervention projects are expected to be tracked in Lagos, in the space of 12 days.
According to the state commissioner, the Lagos tracking exercise would be carried out by three teams comprising ICPC officials, Quantity Surveyors, Accountants, media with representatives from Civil society organizations which includes Lagos Community Youth Development Initiative LCYDI, Youth Alive Foundation and Youth Assembly of Nigeria.
“The objective of the tracking exercise is to ensure that the Appropriation Act is fully implemented as contemplated by law, monitor the implementation of the projects from inception to completion, make recoveries on projects/contracts confirmed to have been inflated, and investigate fraudulent procurement practices in the award of contracts for constituency and executive projects,” Mr Elelu said.
The Lagos teams are tracking projects across the 20 local governments areas and three senatorial districts of the state.
Some of the places visited in the tracking exercise on are projects from Universal Basic Education Commission, ministry of Agriculture and institutes, Ministry of Works and Housing and other Federal MDAs in 20 Federal Constituencies across Lagos State.
The commission had announced the commencement of the third phase of constituency and executive tracking exercise in 17 states and the FCT.
In a statement by the spokesperson of ICPC, Azuka Ogugua, a total number of 1,251 projects will be tracked in the 17 states.
The projects are 1,024 constituency and 227 executive projects respectively appropriated for in the 2019 and 2020 budget.
The projects are in the critical sectors of education, health, agriculture, water resources and power.
The commission said 524 projects were tracked in the first phase of the exercise in 2019, across12 states and the FCT, while the second phase in the year 2020 had about 822 projects tracked in 16 states.
“The first 2 phases led to the recovery of assets worth billions of naira to the government, return of equipment to communities for whom they were meant. Also, about 300 contractors returned to sites and completed hitherto shoddily done or abandoned projects. The exercise led to revelation that some projects were excellently and completely executed, ” the spokesperson said in the statement.
The project tracking exercise in Lagos have revealed to some extent, mis-management of public funds by the contractors which evidences showed that, 85% are from National Assembly Members. Beneficiaries of the Constituency intervention projects on empowerment and grant support except the schools and Community infrastructure are political party Leaders within the Constituency. National Assembly Members need to have constant Meeting with the stakeholders within the Constituency for feedback purposes, to really know their needs for budget planning. Some projects approved for some Communities were not needed.