The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) has discovered sets of equipment worth millions of Naira designated for a constituency project kept at a private residence in Akwa Ibom State.
Shola Shodipo, ICPC Akwa Ibom State Commissioner, revealed this at a press conference on Wednesday.
The equipment, it was learnt, were meant for a cottage hospital at Ukana in the Essien Udim Local Government Area of the state.
The items, a dialysis machine, two 15 KVA generators and infant incubators, were subsequently handed over to the hospital on Wednesday.
Speaking at the handover ceremony, Shodipo said the anti-graft agency discovered in its course of investigation that the equipment were supposed to have been delivered by March 2018.
He noted that the ICPC will continue to track constitutency projects across the country.
Shodipo said: “The ICPC is interested in constituency projects and has set up tracking groups in 12 states of the federation. In the course of our assignment, we discovered that three dialysis machines and other items for the Ukana Cottage Hospital were not delivered. We found only one in a private place, which was not delivered or installed in the hospital.
“The items were found in that building that we went to. These machines and other equipment were meant to be delivered since 2018. We have taken the items to the appropriate location. They are supposed to help the community in health care delivery.”
On whether the anti-graft agency had discovered the individuals responsible for the act, Shodipo said: “We are still in the process of investigation. I will not be able to tell for now, but I can tell you that the items were meant for the cottage hospital and a particular company was awarded the contract.”
Mary Udoh, the consultant to the hospital, who received the items, thanked the ICPC for ensuring that they were delivered.