Constituency Projects Tracking Group, (CPTG) initiated by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, ICPC, to check fraud in the execution of projects amongst parliamentarians and other public office holders in Nigeria has begun to yield result as the agency has recovered multimillion naira hospital equipment already diverted in Akwa Ibom state.
According to the Commission, one dialysis machine, two 15 KVA generators, infant incubator and other hardware equipment meant for a cottage Hospital in Ukana, Essien Udim local government area of the state were recovered in a private home. The equipment were supposed to have been installed in the Ukana cottage hospital for the use of the people in the area, but the equipment were rather diverted and stored in a private home in the area.
Briefing journalists on the matter in Uyo, Mr. Shola Shodipo, the ICPC Commissioner in Akwa Ibom state said that the equipment “were found in that building that we went to. These machines and other equipment were meant to be delivered since 2018. We have taken the equipment to the appropriate location. The equipment are supposed to help the community in the health Care delivery.”
The “ICPC is interested in constituency projects and has set up tracking groups in twelve states of the federation. In the course of our assignment we discovered that the equipment meant for the supply of three dialysis machines and other equipment for Ukana Cottage hospital, were not delivered. We found only one in a private place which was not delivered or put in place in the hospital,” Mr. Shodipo said.
Responding on the incident, Dr. Mary Udoh, a Senior Consultant in the hospital expressed her happiness for the work of the ICPC saying that the equipment when installed will significantly improve health services delivery for people living in the area.
“On behalf of the hospital Management, I want to say we are very happy receiving the equipment today and I want to thank the ICPC for ensuring that these equipment were delivered to the right place.
“The equipment will help us in our service delivery to the people.” Dr. Udoh said.
However, the ICPC Commissioner, Mr.Shodipo told journalists in that the name or names of the people involved in the diversion of the equipment will not be made public now as the agency is still investigating the matter and would not draw conclusions on the involvement of persons until the investigations are concluded.
“we are still in the process of investigation. I will not be able to tell for now, but I can tell you that the equipment were meant for the cottage hospital. A particular company was awarded the contract” the commissioner said.
The ICPC launched the CPTG programme in April in association with some civil society organizations to help in entrenching accountability in the way and manner constituency projects attracted by lawmakers are executed.
The Chairman of the ICPC, Mr. Bolaji Owasanoye, during the launching of the project in April said that “the formation of a Constituency Projects Tracking Group will enhance the commission’s ability to proactively prevent and eradicate the diversion of public funds by any public officer or collaborator.”
The CPTG project is currently ongoing in twelve states spread across the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria. The States include, Adamawa, Bauchi, Benue, Kogi, Sokoto, Kano Imo, Enugu, Lagos, Osun, Akwa Ibom and Edo states.