ICPC uncovers a warehouse in Anambra with empowerment items meant to be shared to youth and women years ago

The Independent Corruption Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) said it has uncovered a warehouse with empowerment items meant to be shared two years ago

to the youth and women in Oyi/Anayamelum Federal Constituency in Anambra State. 

According to the report, the ICPC made the discovery during the ongoing Constituency and

Executive Projects Tracking Exercise in the state.

However, The agency said it has it on good authority that the items in the store of the warehouse allegedly belong

to the lawmaker.

Furthermore, The items, bought in 2019 and 2020, including grinding machines, sewing machines, driers, clippers, among others.

Besides, The ICPC officials, who visited the constituency for checks with the listed beneficiaries, disclosed that

they are yet to receive the items, and frustrating their all efforts to access the warehouse was what the lawmaker’s agents were doing.

The officials, who pleaded anonymity, said they were denied access to the warehouse after three attempts due to

the reluctance on the part of the lawmaker`s team to take them to the facility.

“We have the list of the intended beneficiaries but those we called said they did not receive the items,”

the officials said.

The ICPC team also said nobody was around to show them the evidence of the rural electrification project

awarded through the Projects Development Agency. 

On Some other Constituencies in the State

However, In Ogbaru Federal Constituency, the anti-graft agents said they were able to verify the installation of functional

solar-powered streetlights in Okpoko and Umunankwo.

Also, In Orumba North and South, the ICPC officials also verified the donation of an 18-seater bus to

a community in Akpu as approved for the lawmaker in 2019.

In the Anambra North Senatorial Zone, the ICPC officials verified and interacted with some market women

who got training and start-up capital of N80,000 each. 

The women attested that the money helped them to expand their various businesses which yielded income for their families.

Still, in Anambra North, the ICPC officials confirmed the training of some youth on ICT and

got N20,000 each as transport fare.

Only one of the beneficiaries got a computer set and a printer, and no payment for the 22 trainees was made

the N120,000 that was approved in the bill of quantity

The distribution of tricycles was to be for the youths but the ICPC officials said they could not produce

a single beneficiary as evidence of the project’s execution.

A Report states that the ICPC was currently on the third phase of the tracking exercise,

which would cover 18 states.

The ICPC spokesperson, Azuka Ogugua, said in a statement that a total of 1,251 projects,

comprising 1,024 constituencies and 227 executive projects executed under the 2019 and 2020 appropriations,

are on the list for tracking. 

By Taiyelolu A

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