ICPC Set to Investigate N109m Failed, Abandoned Constituency Projects

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) says it will invite the agency involved in the execution of a N109 million water project in the Sheleng Council Area of Adamawa State.

The commission made this revelation during the inspection of the project by its constituency project tracking team, led by Hajiya Hannatu Mohammed.

The commission said it observed that water supply to community stopped after three months.

Jimoh Sulahiman, who is one of the Commission’s tracking team coordinators, told reporters that the boreholes sited in the Gimdegamji area of the council was a constituency project sponsored by Sen Ahmed Barata in 2015.

Jimoh noted that it had two boreholes, giant overhead and ground tanks and powered by solar energy.

“From the site where the boreholes were sunk, several underground pipes were laid to convey water to the main Sheleng town, which is a distance of three kilometres.

Two overhead tanks and a giant ground tank serve as reservoir from where water is to be pumped to the town.

“We observed that the solar panel had fallen apart while water gushed out of the bore holes uncontrollably.”

“The Secretary to the Sheleng Council Area, Mohammed Musa, told us that many of the underground pipes were excavated during the surface grading of the road leading to the council by the Adamawa State Government.

Musa said the project had equally been abandoned. And that some of the solar panels were vandalized, this is based on an interrogation with the guard assigned to secure the facility.

Hajiya Mohammed, advised that maintenance should be considered while planning constituency projects

Asked who the commission intends holding responsible for the project, Hajiyah said, “The commission prefers that the job be done by whoever is involved than prosecution. But if we find infractions, we will take you to court. We are after what benefits the communities.

“In the case of this water project in Sheleng, the project is not serving the purpose it was meant for. We will have to check the documents and see which ministry and agency that project is put under.”

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