By G9ija

The Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) will begin tracking abandoned government projects in Akwa Ibom State.

State Director Shola Shodipo stated this yesterday in Uyo during a town hall meeting on constituency projects, with the theme ‘My Constituency, My Project’.

The town hall meeting, organised in collaboration with the National Orientation Agency (NOA), was attended by civil society organisations, security agencies, traditional rulers and representatives of market unions, among others.

Shodipo said the commission is focusing on executive projects following the launch of its Constituency Projects Tracking Group Initiative in 2019, which beamed its searchlight on 12 states.

He added that the commission last year investigated about eight constituency projects, recovered items from politicians and delivered same to beneficiaries.

Shodipo urged the people to be actively involved in the conceptualisation, monitoring and implementation of projects. According to him, the commission is determined to ensure that government projects were executed and completed according to specifications so that the people will enjoy optimal value.

He said: “The policy of constituency and other government projects for communities is valid evidence that government means well for the people, and it is through these projects that government touches their lives.

“This year, the commission will continue tracking projects as the second phase is about to start. The scope has now been widened to include those projects which are implemented by the executive arm of government.”

Director-General of NOA Garba Abari urged communities to take ownership of constituency and government projects.

Abari, represented by the state director Enoh Uyoh, said the agency will, in partnership with ICPC, sensitise the people on how to take ownership and monitor projects in their communities.