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GOV. SULE AND THE ONE BILLION NAIRA MISSING EDUCATION SAGA

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The current TRENDING ONE BILLION EDUCATION FUND SAGA still very much on the front burner…as the NASARAWA STATE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY is yet to pronounce its findings.

But what baffles me is the secretive manner they opted to address the issue as important as the alleged siphoning of humongous amount to the tune of ONE (N1 billion naira) BILLION NAIRA from the COFFERS of MINISTRY OF EDUCATION. For example, if they were serious about uncovering the whereabouts of the Money, they would have made the INQUIRY or HEARING open. Then they would have asked for memoranda on this issue or any other for that matter to help them in uncovering the facts. But they didn’t. So now how are we, the citizens, to know what really transpired, in addition to who and who were involved in the alleged disappearance of the money?

We know the money, ONE (I) BILLION NAIRA was released. And we know the then Commissioner of EDUCATION attested the Money was receipted for the renovation of 288? SECONDARY SCHOOLS. And we know only about N84 Million was left in the Education Coffers. What remains to be uncovered is who were the companies or beneficiaries of the un-executed contracts and why having been paid either mobilization or the full contract sums the contractors simply worked away with the money or there’s no commensurate performance.

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CONCERNS

Now a new development that could impinge on the transparency of the probe and the truthful exposition of what really transpired is happening. All of a sudden, we are hearing of moneys being distributed to the members and new vehicles bought for them also. Much as I do not have any grouse as to the alleged release of the money and purchase of the vehicles, it is now imperative for the Rt. HON. SPEAKER to come out clean and explain the following to the people:

I. The alleged release of monies to each of the Legislators. And if true, how much and for what purposes?
II. The alleged purchase of vehicles, even though could be argued that it is official entitlement of each member, the SPEAKER will be duty bound to assure citizens that it would in no way affect the ongoing probe of the SECRETARY TO THE STATE GOVERNMENT and possibly others on the ONE BILLION NAIRA PROBE.

IN ANY CASE THESE ARE THE FACTS THAT WE KNOW THAT ARE BEGGING FOR ANSWERS:

1. They say CONTRACTS were AWARDED for the RENOVATION of about 200? SECONDARY SCHOOLS.
2. They also said N84 (?) million or N18 (?) Million was left in the EDUCATION coffers OUT OF ONE BILLION NAIRA RELEASED TO THE MINISTRY.
With this known, then the PROBE PANEL will need:
A. A CLEAN LIST of NAMES of all the CONTRACTING COMPANIES or CONTRACTORS
B. A list of all BENEFITTING SECONDARY SCHOOLS, supported by PICTURES of each DILAPIDATED classroom(s) building(s) in EACH SCHOOL
C. Then AMOUNT of EACH CONTRACT AWARD
D. Then PICTURES of COMPLETED CLASSROOMS in EACH SCHOOL
This will make it easy for the VERIFICATION PROBE PANEL to ascertain PERFORMANCE or LACK of.

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Then of most CRITICAL CONSIDERATION is:
I. Was the CONTRACT awarded VIA a TENDERING PROCESS?; If not, why?
II. In which Print Media were the adverts placed?; If not, why?
III. Did the Tendering Board play any role in the Process?; If not, why?
IV. How was the MODE OF PAYMENT MADE? Was FULL PAYMENT on AWARD of CONTRACT, PART PAYMENT, or PAYMENT made on CONFIRMATION of PROGRESS of WORK DONE?
V. Were CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION MADE? If not, why?

To the then GOVERNOR AL-MAKURA.

1. Was the MONEY released to the EDUCATION MINISTRY BUDGETED for?
2. On what CONDITION did he released the BILLION NAIRA?
3. Was the RELEASE NORMAL PROCESS for all MINISTRIES, PARASTATALS, and AGENCIES of GOVERNMENT?
4. Did the award of CONTRACT(S) FOLLOW DUE PROCESS?
5. Were the PAYMENTS MADE in consonance with the GOVERNMENT POLICY on SETTLEMENT of CONTRACTS?
6. Were PAYMENTS MADE in TANDEM to all other methods of PAYMENTS to MINISTRIES, for example?
7. Why was the HUGE CONTRACT SUM not REPORTED…even as ONGOING PROJECTS that were CONTRACTED on AT HANDING OVER?

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Again, I wish to insist that the PROBE of the SECRETARY OF THE STATE GOVERNMENT on the BILLION NAIRA EDUCATION FUND SAGA, before the COMMITTEE concludes it assignment, for TRANSPARENCY and FAIRNESS, the PANEL should additionally conduct PUBLIC HEARINGS BEFORE IT CONCLUDES ITS SEATING. This is the must IRREDUCIBLE MINIMUM expected of the PROBE PANEL to starve off any misgivings of the final verdict it may reach.

CONCLUSION

This BILLION NAIRA EDUCATION SAGA, is clearly a litmus test for Gov. A.A. SULE that must never be allowed to be swept under the carpet or some surreptitious issues introduced to kill the uncovering of what really happened to the money. We know the money, ONE (I) BILLION NAIRA was released. And we know the then Commissioner of EDUCATION attested the Money was receipted for the renovation of 288? SECONDARY SCHOOLS. And we know only about N84 Million was left in the Education Coffers. What remains to be uncovered is who were the companies or beneficiaries of the un-executed contracts and why having been paid either mobilization or the full contract sums the contractors simply worked away with the money or there’s no commensurate performance.

Ayuba Umar is a former Governorship aspirant in the 2019 elections in Nasarawa State.

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We’ve Excellent Working Relationship With Judiciary, Legislature – Says Gov Sule

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Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, has said that his administration enjoys excellent working relationship with the judiciary, as well as the legislature. Engineer Sule stated this while hosting the President and members of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), at the Government House, on Tuesday. According to the Governor, as a further means to foster cordial relationship between the three arms of government in Nasarawa State, the executive, judiciary and legislature will parley together next week, with a view to appraising how well to serve the state and the people. Engineer Sule explained that even though Nasarawa State was able to resolve many of her security challenges, there are still grey areas that required further clarification so that people who do not mean well for the state, can be effectively prosecuted. “We believe it is necessary for us to sit down together to be able to prosecute and send the people who don’t mean well to jail where they belong,” the Governor stated. He used the opportunity of the visit to highlight inroads by his administration in the judiciary, stressing that government will always provide necessary tools to ensure efficient discharge of responsibilities. “On assumption of office, I realised that some of our magistrates are going to work on motorcycles. “Within a short time, we were able to provide each magistrate with a vehicle to facilitate the discharge of their responsibility,” he said. While commenting on the effort of his administration to provide affordable housing for the people of the state, Engineer Sule disclosed that his administration will be more than willing to allocate 50 houses to lawyers in the state. “As I am talking to you, we have Family Homes, as well as various other developers that are building homes and they are going to be giving to the various people living in Nasarawa state at subsidized rates. “I will be more than happy if you select, like say you have 50 lawyers now you want them to be giving houses, we will be more than happy to give them 50 houses so that they can start with that,” the Governor said. Earlier, in his opening speech, the NBA President, Olumide Akpata, said he was in Nasarawa State to meet with members of the bar, with a view to understanding the issues affecting the members.

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NDDC: Niger Delta Youths Back Akpabio, NDDC Interim Management Committee, Warn Detractors

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Sen. Goodwill Akpabio

Youths in the Niger Delta region on Tuesday extolled the sterling qualities of the Minister of the Niger Delta Affairs, Chief Godswill Akpabio, describing him as a man of honour.

Besides, the youths, under the aegis of Niger Delta Youth Movement (NDYM) praised the National Assembly for working with the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs towards the realization of its objectives.

At a gathering in Calabar, the youths expressed delight and satisfaction with the high degree of determination so far exhibited by Senator Akpabio to move the Niger Delta region forward.

‘Senator Godswill Akpabio is a shining example, a model to all of us, of what service is all about. He has so far demonstrated an admirable commitment to doing everything possible to develop the Niger Delta region the youths said.

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Addressing newsmen after their one day conference in Cross River State, Secretary General of NDYM, Dr. Raymond Umanah said the youths praised Akpabio for embracing the challenge of developing the region with a missionary zeal, restructuring the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and reintroducing public accountability for the use of public resources.

‘’Senator Godswill Akpabio, a man of great organizational ability, has continued to carry himself with grace and dignity without compromising his integrity’’

The youths commended the growing unity and understanding among stakeholders in the region.

They youths emphasized national development, patriotism, transparency and accountability.

The youths also praised the Minister of the Niger Delta Affairs for tackling effectively impediments in the way of improving development in the region, pulling the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) back from the state of retrogression and giving the region the desired sense of purpose and direction.

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Remaining kidnapped FRSC Officials Regain Freedom- Gov Sule

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Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, has revealed that all the remaining kidnapped officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), out of the initial 26 recently kidnapped along Maraban-Udege, have regained their freedom.

Engineer Sule disclosed this while playing host to the Market Enterprise Development Advisor, Fatima Mukthar Buhari, on Monday, at the Government House.

While congratulating the state Police Commissioner, Bola Longe, for the wonderful job of securing the release of the remaining kidnapped FRSC operatives, the Governor further thanked all the security agencies, as well as all those who worked hard to achieve the feat.

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“I am happy to announce that all the 26 members of the FRSC that were recently kidnapped have been released yesterday.

“I want to thank all the security agencies and all those who worked very hard to ensure that we achieved that feat. I want to thank them for all the efforts they are making in order to ensure that Nasarawa remains safe,” Engineer Sule stated.

Recall that 26 FRSC officials travelling for a training programme in at the FRSC Academy in Udi, Enugu State, were abducted by suspected bandits, with three of the kidnapped operatives earlier rescued.

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