Corruption: ICPC recovers N2.8bn assets in three years

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The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) announced yesterday that it has recovered assets valued at no less than N2.8 billion in the last three years through its Constituency and Executive Projects Tracking initiative (CEPTi).

Making the disclosure on Tuesday, in Benin, the Edo State Capital, during a presentation at the sensitisation dialogue with community influencers in collaboration with the National Orientation Agency (NOA), the ICPC Commissioner in Edo State, Mr Agwu Amefula, disclosed that the commission had compelled close to 450 contractors back to sites to complete either abandoned or shoddy done projects.

Speaking further at the dialogue which had traditional rulers, religious leaders and community based Civil Society Organisations in attendance, Amefula  urged “influencers to closely monitor corrupt practices and transparency issues” which according to him had become rampant in the delivery of public projects in various communities.

“It is essential for them to help on prevention of corruption through the study and review of operational systems (in procurement and implementation of public projects) in Ministries, Departments and Agencies.

“Education and Enlightenment of citizens in your domains and members of your congregations on and against comption is a must do task for you.

“Ensure that your communities are rid of all Corrupt practices through robust engagements and behavioural change strategies,” he charged them.

In her presentation, Assistant Director in the commission, Mrs Ese Okwong,  sought adherence to the national ethics and integrity policy developed by the ICPC in collaboration with the office of the Secretary to the Government of Federation and the National Orientation Agency.

Speaking, ICPC Chairman, Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye, said the Commission entered into partnership with the influencers to promote the policy and for nationwide success.