The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), which is currently probing constituency projects executed by National Assembly members across the nation, hinted On Saturday that its findings would shock Nigerians.
The commission said its investigation has already exposed some shady deals. The ICPC Commissioner in Edo State, Mr. Yusuf Olatunji cited the state as an example where, according to him, a project was awarded to one contractor twice with no job done.
He spoke at a town hall meeting organized by Social Action with support from the MacArthur Foundation on Promoting accountable governance through tracking of Constituency and public projects implementation.
He said the findings of the agency on all abandoned and constituency projects would soon be made public. He said those found culpable would be prosecuted. According to him, “Just last week, we discovered another contract which we have not made public and we are still working on it to know how true it is. I cannot tell you for now but the commission will make public the outcome of all the constituency projects tracking.
“The idea to investigate the constituency projects, is not to witch hunt anybody. The idea is to examine what they have done with our money.
“Constituency projects have been a major channel through which public funds are being siphoned.”
He lamented that the commission is bedeviled with acute shortage of man-power.
Chief of Staff to Governor Godwin Obaseki, Mr. Taiwo Akerele, who was represented by the Special Adviser to the governor, Strategic Planning and Programme Management Office, Mrs. Uyi .J. Oduwa-Malaka, said the government set up the office to checkmate corruption.
In our last edition, we reported how some current and old members of the House of Representatives had been kicking over the ongoing probe of their handling of constituency projects by the ICPC and the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit.