The Nasarawa State House of Assembly Ad hoc Committee investigating the alleged misappropriation of N1bn released in 2018 for the renovation /fencing of secondary schools has asked a former Commissioner for Education and now the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Aliyu Tijani, to refund over N248.5m as unaccounted funds to the state.
Chairman of the committee Mr Daniel Ogazi (APC- Kokona East), said this while presenting the committee’s report during the House proceedings in Lafia on Monday.
Speaker of the Assembly, Ibrahim Abdullahi, after receiving the report, fixed Tuesday for deliberation on the report.
Ogazi said that the ex-commissioner displayed incompetence and ineffectiveness in the performance of his official duties as a commissioner.
According to him, based on the committee’s recommendations, N873, 233,942.60 was expended based on information from the payment voucher excluding five per cent deductions for Monitoring and Evaluation as payments for completed and uncompleted projects.
He said, “During our investigation, we summoned the Commissioner for Education, her principal officers and management staff, the former permanent secretary of the ministry, the former Commissioner for Education and now SSG, Commissioner for Works, his principal officers as well as the contractors who handled various works.
“During our investigation, the SSG agreed that he would take responsibility for his action. The total released contract sum was N1, 084,000,000. Deduct N873, 233,942.60 from the total contract sum, it will be N210, 766, 057.40.
“Then add five per cent monitoring and evaluation which is N37, 718, 499.19.The total sum of unaccounted funds will amount to N248, 484,556. 60.”
Ogazi urged the government to declare a state of emergency on all the project sites to ensure their completion.
Reacting to the allegations, the SSG described the committee’s report as ‘their own,’ adding that the report was incomplete.
Tijani added that it would be a different thing if the committee asked those given money to execute the project and they said they didn’t receive any money.
He added, “ About 202 persons were given the money to execute the job.”
On March 17, 2020, the speaker inaugurated a committee to carry out an investigation into the utilisation of the N1bn approved for the renovation/ fencing of public secondary schools in the state.