The State commissioner in-charge of Akwa Ibom State Zone of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission, Mr. Shola Shodipo on Wednesday, said it had recovered multi-million naira pieces of equipment meant for a constituency project stockpiled in a private home in Akwa Ibom State.
Specifically Mr. Shodipo disclosed that the pieces of equipment were meant for a cottage hospital at Ukana in the Essien Udim Local Government Area of the state. Which is the senatorial constituency that was represented by the former Senate minority leader Senator Goswill Obot Akpabio. The items which were believed to have been procured and paid for by the federal government a dialysis machine, and two 15 KVA generators as well as infant incubators.
Briefing journalist on the development, the state Commissioner of the ICPC, expressed disappointment that the equipment which was meant to have been supplied over a year ago precisely on March 2018 were still in private possession. Mr. Shodipo later led journalists to evacuate and deliver the equipment to the hospital at Ukana.
In his words, “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.”
Fielding questions from journalists on who was responsible for storing the items in the private residence, 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.”
The consultant to the hospital, Dr Mary Udoh, who received the items, expressed appreciation to the ICPC for ensuring that they were delivered.
She said the equipment would go a long way in facilitating health care delivery to the resident of the community.
Udoh stated, “On behalf of the hospital’s management, I want to say that we are very happy to receive the equipment today and I want to thank the ICPC for ensuring that these items were delivered to the right place.
“The equipment will help us in our service delivery to the people.”