December 10, 2022

1Billion Contract Scam: Nasarawa Assembly Wants SSG Sacked

Nasarawa State House of Assembly has asked governor Abdullahi Sule to sack the Secretary to the State Government SSG, Alhaji Tijjani Aliyu with immediate effect.

As the then Commissioner of Education under the previous administration, Alhaji Tijjani Aliyu is said to be indicted in an alleged One Billion Naira Education contract scam.

This followed a submission of 10 recommendations by the adhoc committee on education under the chairmanship of Mr. Daniel Ogazi, member representing Kokona west in the state constituency who indicted the SSG after a thorough investigation for not
accounting for parts of the money meant for schools renovation and fencing across the state.

The said unaccounted sum of money by Alhaji Tijjani Aliyu as submitted by the ad hoc committee which is expected to be refund to the state government coffers amounts to over N248m.

At a plenary on Tuesday, the speaker of the Assembly, Abdullahi Balarabe read the committee recommendations which was submitted by the chairman on Monday and there after, the committee chairman, Daniel Ogazi, moved a motion to submit names of contractors that were engaged in the said contracts.

Some of the recommendations by the Daniel Ogazi led committee is that, the former commissioner took money that was for Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) which is for the purpose of project supervision to ensure quality and timely completion of the assignment, but failed to performed the function and was asked to refund it to the government coffers.

Others are that the contractors who collected money for the contract but refused to complete it are to do so within one month or face the consequences.

All contractors who completed their projects are to be paid immediately by the ministry and all payment made to the unknown contractors are to be refunded to the government coffers immediately among others.

Member representing Lafia North constituency, Mohammed Alkali moved a motion for the SSG, Tajjani Aliyu to be sacked as seconded by Mohammed Muluku, representing Nasarawa Eggon East and supported by the majority members of the house.

Speaker of the House, Balarabe Abdullahi asked the Clark of the house to submit to the executive governor of the state the resolution of the Assembly as he also asked the governor to act on the resolutions without delay.

It could be recalled that the Nasarawa State House of Assembly is investigating an alleged one billion contract approved by the previous administration of governor Tanko Almakura in 2018 for the renovation and fencing of public Secondary Schools in the state.