Nasarawa State Ministry of Lands and Survey In Financial Inappropriateness, Expended N700, 000 On Generator During Lock Down

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Rabiu Omaku

Fresh facts have emerged on how the Nasarawa state Ministry Of Land and Survey expended money amounting to N700,000 for the fueling of standby generator during the hit of coronavirus pandemic.

The amount was spent for four months, between 1st May 2020 to August 2020 during the period of the total lockdown that civil servant was directed to stay at home, this was before the Federal and some State governments relaxed the lockdown for certain categories of staff to work between 9-12 am.

The amount was wrongly captured in the spending of the ministry, and amount to sharp practices for just a ministry to consume fuel of N700, 000, it could be recalled that the Federal government ordered for lockdown and restriction of movement between April 2020 and June 2020 to curb further spread of COVID-19.

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The ministry is in murky waters battling to defend the extra-budgetary spending before the State House of Assembly which summoned the ministry for oversight functions on 2020 budget performance.

Documents presented to the State lawmakers have shown that the ministry of Land and Survey made extra-budgetary spending of N35m on consultancy for survey service despite the review of the amount in the revised budget from N60M to N15m, this also amounts to financial aggrandizement by the top echelon from the ministry.

It was revealed that the Ministry of Land and Survey spent N10m on boundary delineation and perimeter survey despite the revised budget from N25m to N6m by the State government to cushion the effect of the pandemic.

The ministry was queried by the State Assembly directing for the re-appearing of some ministry officials to give an account of the spending.

Honorable David Maiyaki Chairman House Committee on Lands and Survey led by other members frowned at the submission of the ministry.

The commissioner, ministry of Land, and Survey, Professor Salihu Alizaga confirmed that the N700,000 was for the fueling of the standby generator and that most of the spending was done on emergency situations to save the state.

Alizaga said that the N50m payment on the consultancy service was paid to Daniyan and Associates in respect of Peninsula Land in Karu.

The Commissioner further explained that Daniyan was the consultant to the properties even  before the creation of the state and that several litigations have been won against the government forcing the State government to find a way out.

“They requested for N150m but we have to appeal for the downward review and they accepted N50m”.

While commenting on the N700,000 for the fueling of the generator, the commissioner said that the figure shoots up from May 2020 after the support from Nasarawa Geographical Information System stopped coming due to the disengagement of the consultant of the project.

He added that the ministry officials have already presented documents before the Assembly to back up the extra-budgetary spending which they accepted, he said.

The Commissioner, Ministry of Land and Survey with available records of extra-budgetary spending may go the same way of two appointees of the governor who were fired.

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