Nasarawa State House of Assembly has demanded the sack of Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Alhaji Aliyu Ahmed-Tijani, over N284.5 million project fund unaccounted for when he was education commissioner.
Speaker of the house, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi, made the demand yesterday in Lafia after deliberation on a report of an ad hoc committee that investigated the N1 billion released in 2018 for the renovation/fencing of secondary schools in the state.He also asked Ahmed-Tijani to refund over N248.5 million unaccounted for to the state government’s coffers.
The former commissioner, he added, displayed blatant inefficiency, incompetency and ineffectiveness in the performance of his official duties. His words, “Based on the resolution of the house, Governor Abdullahi Sule should relieve the SSG, Alhaji Aliyu Ahmed-Tijani, of his appointment.
“I will request the clerk to communicate the House’s resolution to Governor Sule for immediate action.” The speaker called on the governor to work on the house’s resolution in the interest of peace and development.
According to Abdullahi, based on the committee’s recommendations, N873,233,942.60 was expended based on information from the payment Vouchers (PVs) excluding five per cent deduction for Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) for the projects.
“The released contract sum was N1.084 million; if N873,233,942.60 is deducted from the total contract sum, it will remain N210,766, 057.40. Then add five per cent Monitoring and Evaluation, which is N37,718, 499.19. The sum of unaccounted funds will amount to N248,484,556.60,” he said.
Urging the government to declare state of emergency on all the projects to ensure their completion, the house added: “All contractors who completed their work should be paid immediately by the ministry and all payments made to the unknown contractors should be refunded to government coffers immediately.
“Funds should be released to contractors who have the capacity and ability to carry out the work.”
The speaker called on contractors who collected money and refused to carry out the renovation/fencing to do so within one month or face the consequences.
He urged the ministry of education to make on-the-spot assessment of all uncompleted projects to see the level of work done and to make funds available for their completion in the interest of development.
Earlier, Alhaji Mohammed Alkali (APC, Lafia North) had moved a motion for the sack of Ahmed-Tijani as SSG. The motion was seconded by Alhaji Ibrahim Muluku (APC, Nasarawa Eggon East).
The House unanimously adopted the motion. On March 17, 2020, the speaker had constituted an ad hoc committee to investigate the utilisation of the N1 billion approved for the renovation/fencing of public secondary schools in the state.