By Nsa Gill – The Nation Newspaper
A team from the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) has visited Cross River State to track constituency projects awarded between the years; 2016 and 2018 to Senators and House of Representative members.
The projects valued at over 1.9 billion naira took the ICPC team to all the Local Governments in the central senatorial district of the State where it was discovered that most projects were actually completed and handed over to the communities.
Projects executed were 5,000 gallon solar-powered, mini-water scheme in Yakurr LGA covering areas such as Ijiman, Ijom, Ikpakapit and Ekori, while in Abi; same projects were done in Igbo Imabama and Ajere.
The ICPC team under the Constituency Executive Tracking Group (CETG) phase 2, also tracked projects mainly “solar powered mini-water scheme” in Orimekpang, Abo Mkpang, Nsarop, Agba in Osokom Ivula-1 and Ivula-2 as well as Katchuan Irruan all in Boki LGA.
The team also tracked 30 numbers of 6,000 litres polar powered borehole in Obubra where it discovered that only 6 of the 30 were functional due to lack of community interest in those projects, hence they were either allowed to be vandalized or remained fallow.
The communities however visited for the projects tracking exercise in Obubra are Ochon, Apiapum, Ofat, Ababene, Okarakpama, Ofodua, Onyadama, Ofumbungha, Iyametet Ohurumitet, Iyamoyong and Edondon.
In Etung and Ikom LGA’s the ICPC team tracked projects in Okunde, Etomi, Edor, Nsofang, Abijang, Ajassor and Bendeghe Ekiem.
The ICPC team has earmarked 76 projects for tracking in the State all in central senatorial district sponsored by Senator John Owan Enoh and supervised by the Cross River Basin Development Authority and the Federal Ministry of Water Resources.
The ICPC team leader did not want his name mentioned in print but some beneficiaries interviewed in some communities where solar water projects were functional, expressed satisfaction that the projects where of huge benefit to them, hence they guided them jealously. In other communities where the completed projects were lying fallow, it was discovered that some communities are used to water from their community river.
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