The Federal Character Commission (FCC) says it will soon embark on audit of all Federal projects across the country.
Dr Muheeba Dankaka, Chairman of the Commission, disclosed this on Wednesday, in Calabar, at a sensitisation programme for stakeholders in the South South zone.
She said the nationwide infrastructure audit for all on-going and abandoned projects was to ascertain and verify their importance and level of completion.
She stressed that the commission would continue to ensure equity and fairness within the federation and evaluate the spread of socio-economic amenities as represented by the location of projects in Nigeria, and ensure compliance.
She also noted the level of increasing collaboration with government agencies responsible for providing Socio-Economic amenities and Infrastructural facilities.
Dankaka revealed that interactions with MDAs over the years have recorded considerable level of acceptance and compliance with the FCC as regards to distribution of bureaucratic posts.
She said that it was on that basis that the commission had decided to commence the implementation of its second mandate of ensuring equitable distribution of socio-economic amenities and infrastructural facilities nationwide.
According to her, “Various MDAs such as Ministry of Transport, Education, Health, Works, Power and Housing, the Bureau of Statistics and Budget Office of the Federation are now collaborating with us.
“Similarly, ad-hoc intervention programs of government are now working closely with us on the need to imbibe the spirit of Federal Character as they embark on capital projects across the country.”
She further said that the commission was open to collaboration and assistance from other government agencies, External Development Partners, Private and Public Sectors, Non-Governmental Organisations and Civil Societies Organisations.
“We believe fervently that such collaboration, consultations and synergy with the commission will greatly enhance the achievement of our mandate of ensuring broad-based development of the nation.
“Since the policy thrust of this government is aimed at bringing about integrated and balanced development of the country, it becomes obvious that the twin-mandate of the commission can provide a veritable platform for its actualisation,” she said.
Dankaka however noted that the challenges of inadequate data on infrastructural distribution and spread of socio-economic projects in Nigeria have made it difficult to appraise even distribution of projects and programmes.
The workshop has as it theme: “Promoting Peace and National Development Through Equitable Distribution of Socio-Economic Amenities and Infrastructural Facilities Nationwide.”
The workshop was attended by all the commissioner representing the zone in the commission as well as representatives of all federal establishments in Cross River.
The Commission also inaugurated its permanent office complex in the State.