N1bn School projects: I will accept the outcome of Assembly’s report, says SSG

The immediate past Commissioner of Education and now the Secretary to the Government of Nasarawa State (SSG), Alhaji Aliyu Tijani Ahmed, has accepted to take full responsibility of the outcome of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly report investigating N1billion abandoned Secondary schools project awarded in 2018 in the state.

The SSG stated this on Tuesday (March 24) in Lafia when he appeared before the House investigative ad-hoc committee to defend the usage of the fund when he was a Commissioner for Education.

Some Members of the House Ad-hoc Committee investigating the N1bn School project scandal

He said that the money spent on the renovation of the projects was commensurate with the work done.

Earlier, Hon Daniel Ogazi, the Chairman of the Ad hoc Committee said that the committee has been mandated by the House to get to the root of the matter on the utilisation of the N1billion set aside for the schools project across the state to serve as deterrent to others.

Ogazi further revealed that the committee has, during its first sitting on March 23rd, gathered all the necessary information and documents from the ministry and will study them to come out with the truth and a comprehensive report on the matter.

“We as committee will submit our report to the House on Tuesday, March 31st for further necessary action by the Assembly on this matter,” he said.

“We are doing this in the interest of the education sector as we discovered these abnormalities on these abandoned projects when we went on our oversight functions”

“We don’t care who did the job but our concern is to ensure that the over N1billlion Secondary schools project are done perfectly in order to salvage the education sector,” he said.

The committee chairman said that the House would continue to use its constitutional power to ensure that right things are done for the overall development of the state.

It would be recalled that on March 17, the House had set up an ad-hoc committee to investigate N1billion secondary schools renovation contract awarded in 2018 by the state ministry of Education.

This was as a result of the insufficient answers provided by former Commissioner of Education and now, the  Secretary to the Government of Nasarawa State (SSG), Alhaji Aliyu Ahmed Tijani and  Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Hajiya Fati Sabo over school abandoned projects awarded in 2018 when they appeared before the House the previous day.

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