The Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has inaugurated Constituency Projects Tracking Group in Adamawa.
Mr Bello Bakori, the ICPC Commissioner in the state, inaugurated the group on Thursday in Yola.
Bakori said the core objective of the inauguration of the group was to enable the community get involved in projects monitoring and stop corruption in the projects executed by government.
“ICPC launched its Constituency Projects Tracking Group initiative in 2019 in twelve states and it has recorded success.
“This exercise, popularly known as CPTG, was a huge success with the communities in the pilot states, because a lot of abandoned projects were completed because of the ICPC intervention,” Bakori said.
He noted that the constituency projects were not a gift or donation to the community by political representatives.
He said the constituency projects belong to the community as their fruits of national resources and government responsibility to the people.
The commissioner advised members of the group not to be combative towards contractors and other government officials involved in the process.
“It is important to be courteous and firm in asking questions about any project in your community.
“Where you see wrongdoing, do not confront suspected persons, but make a report to ICPC,” Bakori said.
Alhaji Ahmad Abba, the state Director of National Orientation Agency (NOA), noted that when communities take ownership of government projects, there would be genuine interest to protect and preserve them.
“Majority of public perception on constituency project is that it is a largesse disbursed by government to legislators as part of the perquisites of office.
“In fact, in the past, many of these projects were never done or left uncompleted.
“The new strategy for monitoring the constituency projects would go a long way in ensuring people to own the entire process of the projects meant for their community,” Abba said.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that five people from different professional backgrounds were inaugurated as members of the group.
Edited By: Abiodun Esan/Muhammad Suleiman Tola