President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) to investigate public servants and contractors who failed to implement constituency projects initiated by federal lawmakers.
He made the order at the national summit on Diminishing Corruption in Public Sector, which was held at the State House Conference Centre in Abuja on Tuesday.
The meeting was held to investigate how over one trillion naira was spent in the last ten years.
‘‘It is on record that in the past 10 years one trillion naira (N1 trillion) 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,” President Buhari stated.
‘‘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.
‘‘I am, therefore, delighted that through the effort of ICPC, some contractors are returning to site to execute projects hitherto abandoned and that project sponsors are being held to account.
‘‘The ICPC has my full support and the support of this government to hold fully to account contractors, complicit public servants and project sponsors who divert funds meant for constituencies, or other people-oriented welfare projects of our government, or who by other means, reduce the quality and value of such projects meant for our people.’’
He added that the fight against corruption is not only for government and anti-corruption agencies alone, that “all arms and tiers of government must develop and implement the anti-corruption measures.”