JOY ADARA, Abuja –
The Independent Commission on Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offenses (ICPC) says it will track 550 projects in 18 states during the fourth phase of its Constituency and Executive Project Tracking Exercise (CEPTE).
CIPC spokeswoman Ms Azuka Ogugua said in a statement Friday in Abuja that the exercise would start on May 9.
Ogugua said the exercise would focus on federally funded projects in Benue, Nasarawa, Plateau, Borno, Yobe, Taraba, Kaduna, Kebbi and Kano.
Others, according to her, are Abia, Ebonyi, Enugu, Akwa-Ibom, Rivers, Edo, Lagos, Ogun, Ekiti State and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
She said a total of 424 projects were tracked in 12 states during the first phase of the exercise in 2019.
The CIPC spokesperson said the second phase conducted in 2020 included 722 projects in 16 states while the third phase in 2021 included 1,098 projects in 16 other states and FCTs.
She identified focal sectors for the fourth phase of the exercise to include education, health, water resources, agriculture and rural development and the energy sector.
According to her, monitoring involves investigating fraudulent procurement practices in the awarding of contracts for projects.
“It ensures that projects are executed to the specified standard, value for money is achieved and project implementation is controlled from start to finish.
“Working with critical stakeholders, there will also be recoveries on projects/contracts that have been confirmed to have been inflated or where sub-contractors have underperformed or not performed at all. “, she said.
Ogugua also said fleeing contractors were forced to return to the site to complete previously abandoned projects during the follow-up.
She added that the exercise also compelled the contracting companies to comply with all legal regulations as well as to prosecute persons or institutions found guilty of compromising the execution of government-funded projects.