The Federal character commission has commenced auditing on-going and abandoned projects nationwide as part of effort to verify level of completion and project spread. Dr Shettima Abba, the Acting Executive Chairman, Federal Character Commission, disclosed this at a one-day stakeholders’ seminar organised by the commission in Port Harcourt.

Speaking at the seminar he also said that the commission was collaborating with government agencies responsible for providing socio-economic amenities and infrastructural facilities to fast-track the process.

Abba said: “We are working with Ministries of Works, Power and Housing, Transport, Education, Health, National Planning Commission, the Bureau of Statistics, the Budget Office and other ad-hoc intervention programmes of government.

“These Ministries, Departments and Agencies are now working closely with us to imbibe the spirit of Federal Character as they embark on capital projects across the country.”
Abba charged the MDAs to ensure fairness and equitable distribution of socio-economic amenities and infrastructural facilities among federating units in the country.

He said the Federal Character Commission had been watching closely on states and regions that might have been short-changed with the view of remedying such situations in subsequent budgets.
He said: “We know that needs (projects) differ from every region and states, and as such, we are resolute to ensure that projects sited by government agencies are of direct benefit to the people.
“This will make our economy more prosperous and globally competitive translating to improve living condition for the citizenry.”

Abba urged government bodies to focus on projects that would have direct and immediate impact on citizens rather than focus on “white elephant projects” that could not reduce hardship.
The commission’s boss urged companies, corporate organisations and institutions to increase their corporate social responsibilities with communities to improve the lives of the people.

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