Nigeria’s anti-corruption agency, ICPC has revealed that a sum of two trillion naira has been expended on grassroot projects by lawmakers since 2000, however with no commensurate development at the grassroots.
The commission through its Constituency Projects Tracking Group (CPTG) initiative, had embarked on the recovery of items from public officers who had failed at properly using the funds for the projects.
This statement comes in the wake of the commission’s recovery and seal of items worth the sum of N117 million traced to Utazi Chukwuka, a senator representing Enugu North Senatorial District.
The latest recovery was disclosed in a statement signed by ICPC spokesperson, Rasheedat Okoduwa, on Sunday.
She said the ICPC recovered items traced to Mr Chukwuka, including 228 motorcycles, 51 tricycles, 203 grinding machines and five transformers stashed in his hometown compound in Mkpologu town of Uzo-Nwani Local Government Area.
According to her, ”The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has again recovered items worth N117,123,375.44 million from the Senator representing Enugu North Senatorial District of Enugu State.
”The tricycles, motorcycles and grinding machines were meant to be distributed to the lawmaker’s constituents to empower them as part of the Federal Government’s efforts to alleviate poverty.
Mr Chukwuka was chairman Senate committee on Anti-corruption and Financial Crimes between 2015-2019.
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