The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has advised the people of Kwara State to take ownership of Federal Government projects sited in their communities.
The commission gave the advice on Wednesday during the inspection of some solar powered boreholes with overhead tanks in Asa and Ilorin West local government areas in Kwara Central Senatorial Districts.
According to the head of the ICPC team, Aminu Bala while speaking with some of the beneficiaries of the projects, communities where federal government constituency projects are sited should take ownership of the facilities to guide against vandalisation and promote maintenance culture.
Bala noted that constituency projects are part of federal government efforts to spread good governance to the nooks and crannies of the country and called on the people to ensure they are safeguarded.
He added that the projects are not personal property of politicians.
Speaking with newsmen during the visit, one of the leaders of the community and the Magaji of Afa-Oja in Asa, Alhaji Isiaka Busari said the project has been very beneficial and useful to the community and other neighbouring villages like Olowo and Ologede, adding that over 100 households also profit from the project.
He said the last rainfall in the area affected one of the three overheads tanks but efforts are on to repair it and he solicited for the grading of the road that lead to the community to ease transportation.
At Egbejila along airport road Ilorin, the Magaji of Gbagba, Mustapha Obalowu solicited for help in repairing the broken down borehole to continue to serve the community and environs.
The team also tracked some constituency schools projects in Asa Local Government Area. Among the schools visited are Asa LGEA Primary School, Ballah; Elere-Tafataf Primary school; Aladere-Ode LGEA; Junior Secondary School, Owode Oja and Ogele Community Secondary School, all in Kwara Central Senatorial District.