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EFCC inspects abandoned projects in Kebbi, vows to launch investigation

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has inspected some abandoned projects in Kebbi, with a view to making fraudulent contractors to face the law.
The North/West Head of the commission, Alhaji Abdullahi Lawan, told newsmen in Birinin Kebbi on Wednesday, that the commission was in the state to inspect the projects in order to launch investigation on why they were abandoned by contractors.
“I and my team are in the state to inspect abandoned projects in order to launch investigation on the reason for their abandonment by contractors,” he said.
Lawal further explained that the inspection tour would be carried out in three states, namely Sokoto, Zamfara and Kebbi.
“The zonal office oversees those three states, and the wisdom for the investigation was to check corruption, which is largely perpetrated through construction of projects by contractors handling them.
“The commission has, so far, inspected projects at the Vocational Training Centre in Ambursa, Birini Kebbi Local Government area as well as the proposed state secretariat, streetlight project in the state capital and the state Agricultural and Rural Development Agency (KARDA).
“Last year, we said that we were going to embark on monitoring and evaluation projects in the three states under the zonal office.
“It is observed that most fraudulent acts are perpetrated through contractors, who were awarded contracts and at the end, abandoned the projects.
“We are here to see those projects that had been abandoned,” he said.
Lawal said that they had also been to Zamfara state for similar inspection tour.
“After the inspection of all the targeted projects, we will commence investigation. The projects we are inspecting are those concerning construction.” (NAN)
Sunday Olatunji
Dele Fashomi, seasoned journalist and communication teacher, is a holder of Master of Arts degree in Communication and Language Arts from the University of Ibadan in 1992/93. Earlier, he had bagged a Bachelor degree from the same university in 1984, after which he proceeded to the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos, in 1990, for a postgraduate diploma in Journalism. He had done many courses in communication, including the EU-BBC Editing Course in 2002. Mr. Fashomi combines effectively the practice, research and teaching of communication. And to date, he has published two academic works in communication: Issues in Communication Technology and Policy (2010) and Economic and Social Issues in Advertising and PR (2013). He had his first break in the Nigerian media in Concord Newspapers in 1990 and today, he has over two and half decades experience earned in several newspapers. He has been part of many start-ups, such as The Republic (1987), The Comet (1999), The Anchor 2001 - 2002; Sun Newspapers (2003); Westerner newsmagazine (2005 - 2010) as Editor; National Life (2011) as Sunday Editor, and Newswatch Newspapers (2012- 2016) as Daily Editor. Dele Fashomi is now the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of Newstide247.com newspaper online, which he started in July 2015. He is also into biography writing, with many books in his trail, some of which he wrote alone and one he co- authored with his mentor, Mr Dare Babarinsa, entitled:  Olabiyi Durojaiye - DARE TO BE DiFFERENT. He also guided and collaborated with Pa Olatunji Odusanya in writing his autobiography - AGAINST ALL ODDS. There are many other books in the works under his pen.
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