ICPC discovers irregularities, shady projects execution in Yobe

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Constituency projects tracking team led by the officials of Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has discovered irregularities and shady deals in executing as well as citing of some constituency projects in Yobe State.

The tracking team that went to Sabon-Gari in Nangere Local Government on Friday to track a borehole that was supposed to have been sunk under lawmaker’s constituency projects found none in existence.

ICPC Team B leader in the state, Laban Emmanuel, who made this known on Friday noted that the project contact which was awarded in 2019 suppose to provide overhead tank, filter, motorised borehole, generator, generator house and a tap stand.

He said, “Payment voucher with Reference No. 253C1 showed that the contractor, LRB Global Ventures Ltd., had been paid N69.2 million after tax and administrative deductions for the borehole and four others”.

According to Emmanuel, the contractor has been told to return to site and complete the project immediately having constructed the other unit of boreholes with some irregularities as observed.

He said, “A borehole meant for Damshi Village in Fika Local Government Area was constructed in Rafin Bodori in Potiskum.

“The generator sets supplied by the contractor to the borehole sites at Sunshine FM, Potiskum, Garin Gunja, Nangere and Lailai House, Nangere, were 6.5 KV instead of 12.5 KV as contained in the Bill of Quantities.

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“We also discovered that community assessment was not carried out before the project was executed”.

The ICPC team also observed that a 300 KVA/11KV transformer facilitated by Senator Ibrahim Bomoi of Yobe South and supplied to the College of Administration, was also missing.

Emmanuel said, “The handover note showed that the contractor, Giohen Global Concept Nig. Ltd., had actually delivered the transformer to the college”.

The team leader stressed that an investigation on the whereabouts of the transformer has commenced, assuring that ICPC will ensure that it is brought back to the college.

Recall that ICPC Tracking Team has commenced monitoring of 118 constituency projects valued at N4.5 billion across 11 local government areas of Yobe State.

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