The Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Crimes Commission, ICPC, Bolaji Owasanoye, has said that since the year 2000, over N2 trillion belonging to Nigerian government had gone down the drain through crooked surveying of constituency projects in the country.
According to a statement signed by the commission’s spokesperson, Mr Owasanoye, revealed this on Sunday, at the induction of newly-qualified members of the Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors, NIQS, in Abuja.
According to the chairman, such illegal practice had denied the people commensurate development at the grassroots.
Mr Owasanoye added that the commission would not hesitate to prosecute any contractor who failed to deliver on funded projects, including accomplices.
The chairman spoke as the guest speaker while delivering a lecture titled “The Role of Quantity Surveyors in the Fight against Corruption, Especially in the Construction Industry”.
While speaking on the on-going tracking of constituency projects by the commission in 12 states of the federation, he said “it was not to witch-hunt anyone.”
The chairman said the commission commenced the Constituency Projects Tracking Group, CPTG, initiative on April 2 to ensure proper implementation of funded projects at various constituencies across the nation.
The ICPC Chairman, however, urged members of NIQS to join the fight against corruption.
“You play a critical role in the construction industry which is very important to the development of any nation, as the sector creates a lot of jobs and you are inevitable in the society,” he said.