….Directs ICPC to beam searchlight on MDAs not enrolled to IPPIS
…As ICPC uncovers payment of N3.3bn paid into the private account by Water Resources ministry
President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday lamented that Nigerians especially those at the grassroots have not felt the impact of about N1 trillion appropriated for Constituency Projects in the past ten years.
President Buhari made the lamentation in his keynote address at a two-day summit for the top level of government on “diminishing corruption in the public sector,” organized by the Independent Corrupt Practices and related offences Commission (ICPC) and the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation at the presidential villa, Abuja.
The overall objective of the summit was to promote accountability and transparency in the public sector for the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Describing corruption as an existential threat to the country, Buhari noted that the sum of N1 trillion had been released for constituency projects to members of the National Assembly; there was nothing tangible to show for it.
He noted that the data gathered from Nigerians in rural communities showed that they had not felt the impact of such projects.
The President also directed the ICPC to go after the contractors, who collected funds for such projects and their collaborators in government and also beam its searchlight on agencies of government that have not enrolled in the IPPIS.
He expressed delight that the activities of the ICPC on the constituency projects has forced over 200 contractors to return to sites to complete the projects for which they have been paid.
This is as the Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission, Bolaji Owansanoye alleged that it was uncovered that N3.3 billion was paid into a private account of staff of the Ministry of Water Resources.
Speaking on the N1 trillion constituency projects, President Buhari said the funds had gone down the drain in the last 10 years without any impact whatsoever. According to him,
“It is on record that in the past ten years One trillion naira (N1trillion) has been appropriated for constituency projects yet the impact of such huge spending on the lives and welfare of ordinary Nigerians can hardly be seen. “
The first phase report of tracking these projects by ICPC confirms our worst fears that people at the grassroots have not benefited in terms commensurate with the huge sums appropriated for constituency projects since inception.”