By Adeniyi Adedeji, Ilorin
Contractors who do shoddy jobs for the Kwara State government are now the targets as the Independent Corrupt Practises and Related Offences Commission, ICPC, takes its stern operations to the state.
Reading the riot acts in Ilorin the Kwara State capital, the ICPC ordered contractors who had poorly handled school projects in Kwara to go back and fix such projects to the Bill of Quantity, BoQ, guideline ahead of ICPC’s visit to such sites.
Team Leader of the Commission’s Constituency Project Tracking Group, CPTG, deployed to Kwara State, Aminu Bala, gave the tough directive while inspecting some of the Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC, constituency school projects executed in the state.
The inspection was part of the constituency projects tracking in the state the ICPC is determined to monitor.
The schools’ projects inspected, all located within Kwara Central senatorial district included: Government Day Junior Secondary School, Adewole; Mount Camel Primary School, Oloje; Ansarul Islam Secondary School, Ogidi; Apata BabaOyo L.E.A Primary School; Anifowoshe Primary and Junior Secondary School, Ipata-Oloje; and Government Girls Day Secondary School, Pataka.
Bala said, “Contractors who know they have not done a proper job should go back and do the correct thing in line with the Bill of Quantity, BoQ, guideline of the projects. If we get to a school and we find out that the project is not well executed, we will ask the contractor to go back to the site.
“Before we get to the projects’ site, they should go back and quickly do the right thing in line with the guideline of the projects
Advising communities where the projects are located to take ownership of the projects, the team leader added that constituency projects were executed with Federal Government funds and not the facilitators’ (National Assembly member).
He explained, “These projects are for the communities and are executed with government money and not the money of the person who facilitated the projects. Facilitators are not the owners of the projects, but only attracted the projects to the communities, because they know the needs of their people and assist them to get the projects for them.”
Urging citizens to take adequate care of the projects, Bala called on residents to make sure that the projects are well maintained and always put in good conditions.
Meanwhile, 10 communities in Asa Local Government Area of the state were also visited to track streetlights installed by the contractors that executed the project.
Places visited were Sapati-Ile, Abayawo, Ogbondoroko, Ago-Oja and Reke, Laduba, Afon, Aboto-Alfa, Budo-Egba and Ote all in the council area.