The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) says it has commenced trailing over 118 executive and constituency projects worth N4.5 billion in Yobe State.
This was disclosed in an interview on Thursday in Damaturu by Laban Emmanuel, ICPC Team Leader in the state.
He said the tracking started on August 31 and would be concluded in the middle of September.
Emmanuel said projects to be monitored were located at 11 local government areas of the State. They are: Fika, Potiskum, Gashua, Jakusko, Nguru, Fune, Yunusari, Yusufari, Gujba, Bursari and Karasuwa.
He added that the team of trackers include ICPC officials, quantity surveyors, journalists and Civil Society Organisations.
Emmanuel said the same exercise was going on in Katsina, Kano, Sokoto, Adamawa, Plateau, Kogi, Benue, Ondo, Osun, Lagos, Bayelsa, Akwa Ibom, Enugu, Edo, Anambra and Imo States as well as the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.
Azuka Ogugua, spokeperson of the ICPC said earlier that the project tracking was initiated by the commission in 2019, and focused on how well money allocated to critical sectors of education, health, agriculture, water resources and power, among other sectors were utilised.
“The first phase of the exercise was held in 2019 in 12 states and the FCT, and saw the tracking of 524 projects.
“The second phase in 2020 had about 822 projects tracked in 16 states.
“The first two phases led to the recovery of assets worth billions of Naira to the government and return of equipment to communities for whom they were meant.
“Also, about 300 contractors returned to site and completed hitherto shoddily done or abandoned projects,” Ogugua said.