The Kano state Commissioner of the Independent Corrupt Practice and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), Mr. Ibrahim Garba has charged community members to report all forms of irregularities they witness in the conduct of constituency projects in the state to the ICPC.
He gave the charge on Monday at a community accountability report back forum in Kano South senatorial district, organized by the Resource Center for Human Rights and Civic Education (CHRICED).
Garba noted that while representatives were not forced into power but duly elected by the citizenry, they owe the citizens every responsibility to deliver on their campaign promises in the proper conduct of constituency projects.
“Some constituency projects which are nominated and sometimes are carried out are occasionally overinflated and do not stand the test of time, while some will be nominated, funds released and the project ends up being non-existent.
“To report corrupt practices such as these, I urge you to form a group, take note of all the projects which are not completed, or are marred by irregularities, and then report to the ICPC chairman through the Kano commissioner and we will follow up with further investigation.
“These projects are meant to serve the people and you are eligible to enjoy these projects, therefore you have the responsibility of reporting these shabbily conducted projects and those that were not done, but funds have been released,” he explained.
Musa Ahmed a resident of Sumaila Local Government Area (LGA) stated that he will form a group with community members to report some projects that were poorly conducted by their representative.
“I have been enlightened about my rights and I now know that I have the responsibility of reporting such wrongdoing to the ICPC.
“It is high time that our lawmakers serve us because we are the ones who voted them into power and we do not deserve to suffer from their selfishness,” he said.
Accordingly Shabatu Umar, a constituent from Kano South stated that when she goes back to the community association to which she belongs, she will enlighten them of their role in seeing that the lawmaker of Kano South Senatorial District delivers on his campaign promise to the women, and the people in general.
“It is essential that we demand our rights because it is legally backed by the constitution, there are several road and water projects that have not been carried out but funds have been released. We will demand for our rights because constituency projects are done with our money,” she added.