ANTI-CORRUPTION NETWORK MOVES AGAINST ABANDONED PROJECTS IN AKWA-IBOM AND ENUGU STATES.
Say No Campaign State Anti-corruption network in Akwa-ibom and Enugu states, involving members of communities and labour union have kick-started tracking of public funded projects, after identifying abandoned schools and health facilities coupled with poorly executed projects across various local government areas of the states, with a resolve to hold the responsible institutions accountable.
In Enugu state, the group identified and visited several abandoned projects in Federal School of Social Work, gathered relevant information regarding the project with the intention of bringing the project contractor back on site, as well as monitoring ongoing projects in the National Arbovirus and Vectors Research Centre to avoid proliferation of abandoned projects in the state.
The Network in Akwa-ibom state monitored the renovation of Health Post, Oti-Oro in Okobo local government area which the Federal Government through the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, but is yet to put the facility to use. The success of the renovation in May 2021 was as a result of consistent monitoring by the anti-corruption network, to ensure quality materials are used in project execution.
Also, in Oron, the Network followed through on the N34 million renovation and furnishing project of Health Post along Market Square Road, awarded by the Federal Government through the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs. Although the renovation has taken place, the facility is yet to be furnished as contained in the budget.
At Health Post in Eka Midim Clan in Abak local government area, a Federal Government project with Federal Ministry of Health as the client which is tagged “Development of Outreach Centre with laboratory Department” has a budget of N30m but the project after months of being awarded only recently witnessed demolition of existing staff quarter with reports that the said project will be erected at that point.
The network, equipped with the capacity to track and monitor projects, has decided to intervene by interacting with relevant stakeholders and institutions in each of the projects. They have taken actionable steps to ensure a satisfactory completion of projects monitored so far, and revisiting of abandoned projects by project contractors.
The Say No Campaign Team, with members of its state anti-corruption network identified with the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offenses Commission (ICPC), Enugu State, to discuss areas of possible collaborations in the interest of entrenching accountability at the local and state governance levels. The Resident Commissioner, Amedu Sule expressed willingness to work with the network in enforcing accountability in Enugu state.
In Akwa-ibom state, the ICPC Resident Commissioner, Mr. Shola Shodipo reiterated his commitment to personally work with the network and prioritize investigating their identified projects during a courtesy visit by the team.
The National Orientation Agency, through its Akwaibom State Director, Pastor Enoh Uyoh pledged to lead the delegation to relevant ministries in the interest of ensuring project completion. He also assured the network his commitment to support the network in escalating their demands with the appropriate institutions.
Through consistent capacity buildings on social accountability process, Say No Campaign-Nigeria campaign has empowered its network to actively participate in monitoring budget implementation and project executions across states in the country.
The Convener, Say No Campaign, Comrade Ezenwa Nwagwu exhorted the networks to relentlessly raise their voices against corruption and hold the government accountable at local, state and national level.