Operatives of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) have arrived Bayelsa State to begin probe of alleged fraudulent procurement practices in the award of contracts covering federal constituency and executive projects in the state.
Nigerdeltaconnrct gathered that the agency is tracking 1,024 constituency and 227 executive projects in agriculture, education, power, health and water resources, among other sectors included in 2019, 2020, and 2021 Appropriation Law of the Federal Government.
It was also gathered that the anti-graft agency is tracking similar projects in 17 states of the federation after being inundated with several allegations on the status of the projects.
According to reports, the first phase of the exercise conducted in 2019 involving 12 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) resulted in the tracking of 524 projects while the second phase in 2020 had about 822 works tracked in 16 states.
Sources say the exercise would last between eight and ten days and the officials would visit project sites in the five Federal Constituencies and three Senatorial Districts of Bayelsa Central, East and West.
Further findings revealed that the ICPC team which arrived the state on Monday were said to have visited sixteen solar-powered borehole water projects executed in some communities in the Yenagoa/Kolokuma/Opokuma Federal Constituency of Bayelsa Central.
They had also tracked security infrastructure projects at Federal Government Girls’ College, Imiringi, in the Ogbia Federal Constituency of Bayelsa East, among other contracts.
A source, who pleaded anonymity said the team would not leave any stone unturned in the exercise, adding that “There are over 50 files of projects covering all the sectors that we will track in Bayelsa.
“The essence is that ICPC wants to ensure that contracts awarded and captured in the appropriation laws of 2019, 2020 and 2021 and are carried out according to specifications and quality. Not only that, we want to see how functional they are”.