By Okereke Wilson Ogbonnaya
Independent Corrupt Practice and other related Matters Commission (ICPC) in partnership with Quantity Surveyors has expressed satisfaction over the evaluated enterprises in Ebonyi State.
The Head, Constituency and Executive Project Tracking Group (CEPTG) Mr. Tanko Abdulahi made this known during the second phase of the tracking exercise after the quantity surveyors had certified the completed construction work at Ebunwana in Afikpo South LGA.
He expressed satisfaction following the certification made by the quantity surveyors over the completion of Diagnostic Center and Modular Theater in the area, adding that the equipment for the two projects already procured would be inspected by members of his team during the installation which is the last stage of their tracking.
He said, “Having gotten to this level does not mean that we have stopped the exercise, rather the inspection will continue once we receive information about equipment installation from members of the community who are the end users.”
The Chairman, Nigeria Institute of Quantity Surveyors, Ebonyi State chapter, Mr. Ogbonna Ndubuisi and his Enugu State counterpart, Mr. Ben Igwe Onyia respectively appreciated the construction work.
“We are here to move the country forward by ensuring that the executed projects are accounted for, our service is more of probono job while our duty is to promote accountability. Thus, the projects are relatively okay though the equipments are yet to be installed”, they said.
The Executive Director of Non Governmental Organization known as Neighbourhood Environmental Foundation (NEF) and member of the team, Dr Kelechukwu Okezie commended the initiative of ICPC chairman, Professor Bolaji Owasanonye.
He described the exercise as a welcomed development capable of preventing execution of substandard ventures with the potentiality of stimulating people into delivering good jobs.
“Once a project is sited in any community, the inhabitants being the beneficiaries are expected to own up the venture, monitor and ensure that they report to ICPC or other concern agencies whenever a defect is noticed.”
“This is the best way to fight corruption as it will involve everyone especially at the community level where the projects are sited for developmental purpose”, he said.
However, the Vice Chancellor, Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu Alike (AE-FUNAI), Professor Chinedum Nwajiuba said that he had not abandoned any project since he assumed office.
Professor Nwajiuba said, “The two projects are for the benefit of both the medical students and the host community and I want to assure that if the yardstick for measuring standard work lies in efficient use of resources, FUNAI will come first in Nigeria.”