ICPC reveals abnormalities in 2019 budget

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The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission says both the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Justice had the sum of five point six billion naira inserted in the 2019 budget for the execution of zonal intervention projects.

ICPC Chairman, Professor BOLAJI OWASANOYE made the disclosure at a media roundtable in Abuja, to promote the ‘My Constituency, My Project’ initiative of the Commission.

OWASANOYE revealed that a breakdown of the 2019 allocation for zonal interventional projects shows that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs would spend two point nine billion naira on constituency projects. 

He added that the allocation of two point seven billion naira to the Ministry of Justice in the same budget brings to the fore, some of the anomalies surrounding the implementation of constituency projects across the country.

OWASANOYE was concerned that constituency projects, which principally were projects and empowerment programmes designed to bring development to rural communities within the country had been included in the budgets of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other non-relevant ministries and agencies.

He further revealed that only about sixty per cent of constituency projects have been completed with a lot of them executed in shoddy ways due to poor technical designs, impositions and other sundry irregularities.

OWASANOYE stressed that the Commission would not give up on tracking of constituency projects as long as the government kept funding them and therefore called on local communities to own the projects for themselves.

The statement by the ICPC is coming days after President MUHAMMADU BUHARI directed it to investigate failed constituency projects in the country.

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