ICPC tasks Akwa Ibom people on constituency projects
The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has urged Akwa Ibom people to be more committed to monitoring constituency projects in their communities.
State ICPC Commissioner, Shola Shodipo, gave the charge in Uyo, yesterday, at a capacity building workshop titled: Say No Campaign To Deepen Local Oversight And Budget Tracking At The Grassroots Level, sponsored by the MacArthur Foundation.
He charged the participants to always see constituency projects in their communities, as their own, stressing that until they show more interest in such projects, it would be difficult to monitor them effectively.
He pointed out that politicians were not philanthropists as most of them borrowed money to fund their elections and would like to recoup their funds, while in office warning that it was important to monitor constituency projects.
“The projects were not gifts or donations from representatives to communities, but they belong to the people,” he stressed. Facilitator of the workshop, Ezenwa Nwagwu, urged citizens to get more involved in project monitoring, as doing so would ensure accountability. He lamented the poor response of Akwa Ibom people to projects in their communities and urged change of attitude.
“The concept and implementation of constituency projects is evidence of government’s good intentions for grassroots people.
“The aim is to spread development to all parts of the country through the intervention of the people’s representatives in the legislature, who should be conversant with their areas of need.
“Help yourselves to ensure that projects delivered are durable and of the right quality. Take ownership of constituency projects by showing interest in the selection, execution and use. You should, therefore, work with them to ensure that the projects reflect your needs,” he said.
One of the participants Mrs. Joy Okoye, demanded that government agencies should ensure that they provide adequate information on proposed projects public for easy monitoring.
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