ICPC uncovers non-distribution of empowerment items in Anambra

Independent Corruption Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) ) has said empowerment items meant for youths and women in Oyi/Anayamelum Federal Constituency have yet to be distributed, two years after.

The ICPC, which made the discovery during the ongoing Constituency and Executive Projects Tracking Exercise in the state, said they have it good authority that the items were stored in a warehouse belonging to the lawmaker.

The items, which were bought in 2019 and 2020,  included grinding machines, sewing machines, driers, clippers, among others.

The ICPC officials, who visited the constituency for checks with the listed beneficiaries, disclosed that they had not received the items and all efforts to access the warehouse were frustrated by the lawmaker’s agents.

The officers, who pleaded anonymity, said they were denied access to the warehouse after three attempts due to the reluctance the part the lawmaker`s team to take them to the facility.

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

The ICPC team also said nobody was around to show them the evidence the rural electrification project awarded through PRODA.

In Ogbaru Federal Constituency, the anti-graft agents said they were able to verify installed and functional solar powered streetlights in Okpoko and Umunankwo.

In Orumba North and South, the ICPC officials also verified the donation an18 seater-bus to a community in Akpu as approved for the lawmaker in 2019.

In the Anambra North Senatorial Zone, the ICPC officials were able to interact with some market women who got training and a start-up 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 that some youth were trained ICT and got N20,000 each as transport fare.

Only one the beneficiaries said he got a computer and a printer, while none the 22 trainees was paid the N120,000 that was approved in the bill quantity.

Tricycles were said to have been distributed to youths but the ICPC officials said no single beneficiary could be produced as evidence having executed the project.

The Agency Nigeria (NAN) reports that the ICPC is currently the third phase the tracking exercise in which18 states will be covered.

Mrs Azuka Ogugua, the commission’s spokesperson, said in a statement that a total 1,251 projects, comprising 1,024 constituency and 227 executive projects executed under the 2019 and 2020 appropriations, had been listed for tracking. (NAN)