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ICPC Begins Tracking Of Constituency And Executive Projects In Bayelsa. By Chris Mark

The Independent Corrupt Practice and Other Related Offences Commission,ICPC,has begin tracking of 46 constituency and executive projects in Bayelsa State worth billions of Naira.

This was made known by ICPC Assistant Chief Supretendent,Mr Afolabi Kolawole on Monday 17 June during visitation of various projects sites to ascertain the viabilities of the projects.

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According to Kolawole the projects site seen and others to be visited cut across various constituencies in all the eight Local governments Areas of the state.

He said the exercise is phase six of the commission’s regular Constituency and Executive Projects Tracking (CEPT)’ programme which is currently underway in several states accoss the country to ensure that governments projects targeted at meeting the needs of the people are met and not thwarted.

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His words “We have 46 projects to track in Bayelsa spread across all the Eight Local governments Areas in Bayelsa worth billions of naira and such large and huge money if gone to waste you know what it means for our nation at this time.

“Every projects of government is targeted strategically at meeting the needs of the people.So every government seeks to satisfy and make life comfortable for his people and when you see government doing interventionist projects,zonal projects is to make life more comfortable for people and to meet strategic needs.

“The objective of this exercise is to verify and ensure monies committed into government projects are actually spent judiciously and for it’s purpose and at the end of the day the people targeted to enjoy and benefit from it have those projects being use.”

Afolabi,who advised contractors to always ensure the right thing is been done for the benefits of the people,said sometimes the commission discovered discrepancies which could lead to prosecution, recoveries and imprisonment.

“Infractions sometimes are discovered and that’s why sometimes there are prosecutions done,recoveries made and even imprisonment ,so where government has committed monies for projects and constituencies projects and they are not done,

“ICPC looked in to find out why are this projects not sighted,why are this projects not done,why are the people not benefitting what they are suppose to and were such are done,were there are infractions they are forced to return back to site and work for the money and work for the money so gotten or refund back to the government .

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