Bukola Saraki, Kemi Adeosun, Yakubu Dogara, Land In Very Big Trouble, Over A N10 Billion Contract Scam – SHOCKING DETAILS

By Post Nigeria April 20, 2018 14:18

Bukola Saraki, Kemi Adeosun, Yakubu Dogara, Land In Very Big Trouble, Over A N10 Billion Contract Scam – SHOCKING DETAILS

Premium Times is exclusively reporting that Nigerian Taxpayers need to know that their representatives at the National Assembly, led by Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, have just illegally received and shared a hefty N10 billion from the National Treasury.

The money is not part of the obscene N125 billion appropriated for the Federal Legislature in the 2017 fiscal year, for recurrent and capital expenditures.

It is also not part of the N100 billion allocated for the controversial zonal intervention projects, through which Lawmakers have always enriched themselves.

The N10 billion, which is more than enough to pay a year’s salary of 45,000 civil servants on the minimum wage of N18,000 per month, was not appropriated, and insiders say it was not even approved by President Muhammadu Buhari.

It was arbitrarily and illegally approved for the Lawmakers by the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, in collusion with the Accountant-General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris.

The money was released to the Lawmakers, as part of a secret N50 billion approved for the execution of the so-called “constituency projects”, Saraki and other Lawmakers discreetly inserted into the budgets of several Ministries, Agencies and Parastatals.

That is different from the controversial zonal intervention projects, for which N70 billion of the N100 billion appropriated in the 2017 budget have so far been released to Contractors handpicked by the Lawmakers.

Apart from the N10 billion cash given to the National Assembly, another N485 million was released for a project conceived by Saraki: construction of model junior secondary schools across Kwara Central Senatorial District.

Four hundred and fifty million naira (N450 million) was approved for the project in the 2017 appropriation law, but an additional N35 million cash was released for its execution, in clear breach of the law.

To take possession of the illegal N10 billion cash given to them by Mrs. Adeosun, Saraki and Dogara submitted a list of 82 contractors which they claimed the National Assembly was owing and the amount due to each Contractor. It was based on that single document that the cash management office at the Finance Ministry funneled the huge cash to the Lawmakers.

Mrs. Adeosun failed to do further due diligence, such as asking the Lawmakers to provide an award of contract letters, Certificates of No Objection issued by the Bureau of Public Procurement, and job completion certificates issued by the National Assembly.

Some Finance Ministry insiders described the action as deceitful and illegal, saying that since the National Assembly has its own budget, which is usually a first-line charge on the Federal Treasury, any other cash released to it, is extra-budgetary and unlawful.

National Assembly sources described the released cash as slush funds for the leadership of the two Chambers, and top civil servants at the management unit.

Sources said the National Assembly budget already provided for the projects, and that there was no need for any extra-budgetary funding from the Ministry of Finance.

Investigations showed that at least 44 of the 82 Contractors Saraki and Dogara claimed they were owing, were not registered on the National Database of Contractors, a database of the Bureau of Public Procurement, BPP. That means they are not eligible to be awarded Federal contracts.

A further check revealed that 17 of the 44 firms were not even registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission, CAC.

National Assembly sources added that the Contractors were indeed awarded jobs, but that some of them had already been paid, while pending payments were already provided for in the Federal Legislature’s own budget.

When contacted, Ahmed Idris stated that the controversial payment was sourced from the N20 billion service-wide vote “provided for Local Contractors’ liabilities under the 2017 Appropriation for all Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs, and institutions of government.”

However, while it is true that N20 billion was appropriated for the payments of Local Contractors, Experts say it was illegal to pay those hired by the National Assembly from the funds.

Questions were also raised regarding why Mrs. Adeosun would give half of the allocations made to pay Local Contractors to the National Assembly, at a time those who built primary health centres and roads and supplied drugs to hospitals, were yet to be paid.

One official at the Finance Ministry, also challenged the Minister to explain why the funds were first moved to the National Assembly, instead of paying the Contractors directly. “It is a monumental fraud that they are now desperate to cover up”, the official, who asked not to be named, said.

Saraki and Dogara declined to comment on this allegation. Their Spokespersons, Yusuph Olaniyonu, and Turaki Hassan, directed all enquiries on the matter to the Clerk of the National Assembly, Mohammed Sani-Omolori.

 

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