The Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has launched an investigation into fraudulent procurement practices in the award of contracts for constituency and executive projects in 16 states of the federation.
The states are Ebonyi, Rivers, Delta, Cross River, Taraba, Ekiti, Ogun, Gombe, Nasarawa, Kebbi, and Kwara.
Others are Jigawa, Abia, Niger, Oyo, and Kaduna States.
Rasheedat Okoduwa, the ICPC spokesperson disclosed in Abuja, on Monday, that the exercise would focus on projects relating to health, education, water resources, agriculture, and power.
She said, “Some of the objectives of the tracking are to investigate fraudulent procurement practices in the award of contracts for the constituency and executive projects, and make recoveries on projects or contracts confirmed to have been inflated, or in which contractors under-performed, or did not perform at all.”
The exercise would also track contracting companies for compliance.
She added, “The commission, in 2019, launched the pilot phase of the exercise in which it tracked projects’ performance from 2015 to 2019 in 12 states.
“Successes of the exercise included the recoveries of tractors, ambulances, dialysis machines, and other hospital equipment from sponsors of the projects across the pilot states.
“The successes also included the recovery of huge sums of money, hundreds of tricycles, grinding machines, and other empowerment items from the project sponsors.”