The tracking of N1.802 billion in executive projects in Kwara State got underway on Wednesday in Ilorin by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).
The purpose of the tracking, according to Mr. Nathaniel Sikpi, Principal Superintendent of Investigation, ICPC Kogi Office, was to guarantee value for money, he told NAN in Ilorin.
According to Sikpi, the tracking exercise, which is currently in its sixth phase, included 15 projects spread out over the state’s three senatorial districts.
He clarified that the purpose of the tracking was to make sure that the initiatives were actually carried out on the ground as well as on paper.
“The contract may be granted, completed, and completely paid for on paper, but in reality, neither the supposed beneficiary (in the case of empowerment) nor any location are even aware of such.
The initiatives we are now following are mostly executive projects, he added, adding that project tracking spans both executive and constituency programs.
In order to verify that reports were written from a professional perspective, the ICPC officer noted that Quantity Surveyors (QS) were a part of the team of trackers.
Sikpi noted that the commission regularly checked up on projects that had already been tracked to make sure that the directives were being followed.
Following up on these initiatives is always done, and the commission has two main tactics.
“If it’s a building project and we find that it wasn’t properly completed, we make the contractor finish it so that it would benefit the people for whom it was intended.
“If it’s an empowerment project, which can be a little hard, we have a workaround; when we find out the job isn’t done well, we’ll get our money back.
The public may view the amount of money that has so far been recovered on the commission’s website at www.icpc.gov.ng, he said.