However, in more recent times, for some reasons best known to the people at the helm of affairs in the INEC office, the card readers are failing more and more by each election, which is not right as we are supposed to be advancing in technology, it is apparent that some people may sabotage the growth of the card readers and digitalized voting system, and not inform the president about what the real situation is so that as usual, they can blame the president for the mosquito that bites them in their room.
Most of the time, they give reports that the system is going on well and the machines are being used to capture voters and help the process, meanwhile we are still doing mundane practices of not doing the proper accreditation that is standard to making an election free and fair. As much as INEC is supposed to be autonomous, I feel there should be more transparency in how many of these machines are purchased, how effective the manufacturer is, which companies are bringing these machines in and are they really working? Such reports should not be falsified to the president so he is aware of the growth of the process that is very important to the democratic path of Nigeria and the survival of our young democracy.
Apart from bodies like INEC who are always in the news , it seems like a new wave of energy has also touched the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offenses Commission (ICPC). While inlandtown reported that an individual was jailed for Hajj Fraud, another update reaching us states that on the 28th of March , 2022 it handed over a hospital worth N150 million to the Alex Ekwueme Federal University, in Ebonyi State.
Speaking on this , Azuka Ogugua, ICPC’s spokesperson, disclosed this in a statement on Monday. He further added that the hospital was conceived as a medical outpost of the University but was later taken over by the Ebunwana community in Afikpo South Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, upon being completed in 2020.
He went further to buttress that the highlighted project was facilitated by then senator representing Ebonyi South Senatorial District, Sonni Ogbuoji, appropriated for in 2019 and completed in March 2020.