Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Constituency projects in Yobe exists only on paper: ICPC

Officers who supervised the projects, including the House of Reps member who facilitated them refused to comment.

• September 13, 2021
ICPC Chariman Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye
ICPC Chariman, Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye

The Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) officials tracking the execution of constituency projects say they did not see evidence of the execution of eight of such projects in Potiskum/Nangere Federal Constituency of Yobe when they went on inspection.

Officials of the federal government agencies supervising the execution of the contracts refused to talk to newsmen about their findings.

A correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) who accompanied the officials reported that the team could also not find any individual or community to have benefited from the projects.

The projects include two contracts for the supply of motorcycles in Yobe, a state where the use of motorcycles had been banned since 2012.

It is on record that the contracts were awarded to AD Multi Business Links Ltd.

Two other contracts for Peace Building Training for Stakeholders, also awarded to AD Multi Business Links, could not be tracked.

Also untraceable are four contracts for the supply of agricultural implements and equipment awarded to Muhbash Global Synergy Ltd. and Kilishi Global Resources Ltd.

When contacted, the National Lottery Trust Fund officer, Bashir Umar, who supervised the supply of motorcycles and peacebuilding projects, declined to comment.

The National Lottery Trust Fund is the supervisory agency for the motorcycle contract.

The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) officer, Musbahu Mohammed, who supervised the supply of agricultural implements and equipment, also declined to comment when contacted.

NDE is the supervisory agency for the contract for the supply of implements.

The representative member Ibrahim Umar, who facilitated the projects from the House of Representatives, did not respond to telephone calls and text messages sent by NAN.

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