Nasarawa State Assembly indicts SSG.

By Takuruku Emmanuel, Lafia

Nasarawa State House of Assembly on Tuesday, indicted the current Secretary to The Government of Nasarawa State (SSG) Alhaji Aliyu Ahmed Tijjani in a report of an Ad-hoc committee set up by the House to investigating him over alleged over N1 bn released in 2018 for the renovation /fencing of Secondary schools projects in 2018 in the state.

The House also brecommended the that the the SSG who held sway as commissioner for Education that time to refund over N248.5 million as unaccounted funds to the coffers of the state government with immediate effect.

The house also recommended that contractors that had completed work on the said projects to be paid by the state ministry of education immediately.

These were some of the recommendations contained I a report presented to it by an adhoc committee set by the Assembly to investigate the allegations of fraud uncovered by the house during it’s oversight function.

Presenting the report, chairman of the ad-hoc committee and member representing Kokona East conatituency, Daniel Ogazi, stated that the former Commissioner of Education now SSG had demonstrated inefficency and incompetence in handling his responsibilities bestowes on when he served as commissioner in the ministry of education in the state.

Ogazi said that” the former commissioner of displayed blatant inefficiency, incompetency and ineffectiveness in the performance of his official duties”

According to him, “based on the committee’s recommendations, the total sum of N873, 233,942.60 was expended based on information from the payment Voucher (PVs) excluding 5% deductions for Monitoring and Evaluation (M $ E) as payments for the completed and uncompleted projects”

” During our investigation, we have 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 that handled various works.

” As during our investigation, the SSG has agreed that he will take responsibility of his action.

” The total released contract sum was N1, 084,000,000 Naira only, if deducted N873, 233,942.60 from the total contract sum this will amount to N210, 766, 057.40.

” Then add 5% Monitoring and Evaluation which is N37, 718, 499.19.The total sum of unaccounted funds will amount to N248, 484,556.60, ” he said.

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