Hand Over Completed Constituency Projects To Local Governments - ICPC
By Iheme Kelechi 2 months ago
File Photo: (Professor Bolaji Owasanoye-ICPC Chairman)
The Chairman, Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has directed all concerned to immediately handover every constituency projects executed to local government authorities after completion.
This, according to him is to ensure ownership by the beneficiaries as well as for effective maintenance and sustainability hence achieving the purpose for which the project was initiated.
According to a statement made available by the ICPC spokesperson, Mrs Rasheedat Okoduwa, Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye, stated this at a crucial media roundtable in Abuja, the nations capital.
He said: “If somebody had nominated a project and succeeded in getting the project to the community, it is not the duty of the person to maintain it."
“Communities need to understand that it was public funds that was used. They need to take ownership."
“We recommend that the project needs to be handed over to the local government for the community to take overRelated: We Won’t Pass Laws Detrimental To Nigeria – Lawan
The Commission Chairman said a lot of those projects completed were executed in “shoddy ways due to poor technical designs, impositions and other sundry irregularities”.
He however stressed that the commission would not give up on tracking constituency projects as long as government kept funding them.
Owasanoye, therefore, called on local communities to demand accountability and transparency in project award and execution.
He revealed that only about 60 percent of constituency projects had been completed across the country.
The Director-General of the National Orientation Agency, Dr Garba Abari, who was also at the round table called for citizens’ participation in constituency projects.
Abari noted that the active involvement of the communities in planning and execution of constituency projects would remove the issues of corruption and abuse.
He stressed that such ownership would ensure that contractors did not use substandard materials for the projects as well as ensure that completed projects were not vandalized.