In Bauchi, Abubakar's Probe Committee Asks Yuguda to Account for N212bn
An audit committee mandated by the state government to investigate all the major contracts awarded between June 2007 to May 2015 in the Bauchi State Universal Basic Education Board, Ministries of Local Government Affairs, Bauchi Specialists Hospital and other MDAs, at the weekend submitted its report and recommended that the former governor of the state, Alhaji Isa Yuguda, should be made to account for over N212bn allegedly expended by his administration within the period under review.
Presenting the committee’s report to the state governor, Alhaji Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar, at the weekend, the Committee's Chairman, Alhaji Salihu Lukman Abubakar, stated that most of the major contracts awarded by the past administration in all the MDAs that were investigated by his committee were either not competed and full payments had been made, not executed at all, over-inflated, poorly executed or due process was not followed in the award while in others, contractors were overpaid without any acceptable reason or explanation.
The Chairman lamented that the amount of money claimed to have been expended by the past administration in executing projects did not tally with the records of amount that accrued to the State from June 2007 to May 2015 from the Federation Accounts as contained in documents obtained from the Office the Accountant General of the Federation, which calls for explanations on the whereabouts of over a hundred million naira.
He said from the Local Governments’ contributions to the Office of the Accountant General in respect of Joint Projects, Yuguda, the former Commissioners for Local Government Affairs, former Special Advisers, former Permanent Secretaries and former Accountants General or their representatives as signatories to the JAAC accounts are to account for 16 billion naira.
On several unjustified cash withdrawals made from the accounts of the Ministry for Local Government Affairs, by Mohammed Musa, Cashier to JAAC Account, the Committee recommended that former Commissioners in the Ministry for Local Government Affairs, Idris Halilu and Abubakar Ahmed Faggo, retired Permanent Secretaries, Ado Santurakin Pali and Hudu Yunusa Ari, Special Advisers, in the Ministry for Local Government Affairs, former Accountants General, or their representatives being cosignatories to the JAAC accounts as well as the Director, Finance and Accounts, Aliyu Mohammed are to account for 3.5 billion naira.
Within the period under review, the Committee said it also discovered huge payments made in the Ministry for Local Government Affairs without appropriate payments vouchers presented to the Committee and consequently recommended that all former Commissioners be asked to account for 96 billion naira, while Special Advisers, Permanent Secretaries, Internal Auditors, Cahiers, Directors of Finance in the Ministry and visiting Auditors to the Ministry be made to account for 8 billion naira.
Similarly, the committee recommended that the sum of N88.2 billion naira, being amount illegally remitted from the Ministry of Local Government Affairs from its Federation Account Allocations to various MDAS from June 2007 to May 2015 should be recovered Yuguda, all former Commissioners for Local Government Affairs, all Permanent Secretaries and all former Special Advisers in the Ministry, all former Accountants General or their representatives.
The Abubakar Committee further recommended that over 1.4 billion naira is to be recovered from Triacta, JBI Consult, Sino Rich Fields, A. D. Team Consultant and China Zhongao either for poor execution or for over inflation of contracts for the construction of Bauchi International Airport, Consultancy services for Bauchi International Airport, construction of Alkaleri-Futuk road, as well as design and construction of Ningi-Burra road.
In the Ministry of Health, the Committee similarly recommended 1.55 billion naira be recovered from Current Mechanical Eng., Accrom Services, Sahnazal International, Eagle Construction, Louizoni Ferreti Enterprises, and Yima Nigeria Limited for contracts in respect of construction of Bauchi Specialist Hospital, supply, delivery and installation of hospital equipment at the new Bauchi Specialist hospital, construction of General Hospital, Toro, renovation and upgrading General Hospital Ningi, supply, delivery, testing and installation of standard incinerators and renovation and upgrading of structures at General Hospital Misau.
The sum of N376 billion naira, according to the Committee, is to be recovered from Current Mechanical Engineering, Associated Real Estate Development, Golden Construction Limited, Maijama’a International Limited, QED Building Limited, Galaje Company, Panshanu Nigeria Limited, Nanne & Boi Nigeria, Maiborno Nigeria Limited, Adambafu Nigeria Limited, Dajosevaze Enterprises and Apple House for contracts for either construction, renovation or supplies to GTC Gumau, Saadu Zungur Primary School, GGAC Alkaleri, GGSS Liman Katagum, GGSS Boto, GGSS Yuguda, GDSS Tilden Fulani as well as supply of mattresses and JAMB past question papers.
Under Security Vote Expenditure in the office of Secretary to the Government of Bauchi State within the period under review, the Committee recommended 4 billion naira be recovered from Yuguda while 22 million naira is to be recovered from Bahijja Mahmoud and Aisha Mahmoud for construction, through direct labour, of Bauchi Skills Acquisition Centre under the Agency for Orphans and Vulnerable Children.
The Committee recommended N6.6 billion be recovered from former Yuguda and all his former Commissioners of Finance and the two Accountants General for unaccounted State Government’s statutory revenues and another N881.5 million from bank loans, while N24 million is to be recovered from Bappa Azare for 10 billion naira loan from FIN Bank, now FCMB.
The Committee further stated that another N7.8 billion is to be recovered from Yuguda, Aminu Hammayo, Mahmoud Maijama’a and Adamu Gokaru from the disbursement and utilization of 15 billion naira bond, while N6.2 billion is to be recovered from Bappa Azare for untraced transfer from FCMB (former FIN Bank) to Access Bank.
Also, a sum of N1.9 billion is similarly expected to be recovered from Yuguda, Ahmed Ibrahim Dandija, Accountant General at the time and Abdu Illelah over mismanaged ecological funds and another N766m is recommended to be recovered from the former governor, Ahmed Ibrahim Dandija and Adamu Gokaru from diversion of 1.5 billion CBN microfinance loan.
On Local Governments’ contributions to the Office of the Accountant General of the State in respect of Joint Projects, the Committee recommended that N16 billion be recovered from the former Yuguda, former Commissioners in the Ministry for Local Government Affairs and all former Accountants General, former Permanent Secretaries in the ministry, while another N2.7bn is to be recovered from Yuguda, Bappa Azare, Adamu Gokaru and Mahmoud Abdulkadir from reimbursement of 3.7 billion naira by the Federal Government during the period under review.
The Committee also recommended that N1.5bn be recovered from Yuguda, while all former Commissioners of Finance, all former Commissioners in the Ministry for Local Government Affairs and all former Special Advisers be asked to account for N4.5bn statutory revenue for the 20 LGAs in the State.
The Committee similarly asked the former governor, all former Commissioners and all former Permanent Secretaries in the Ministry for Local Government Affairs and all former Special Advisers as well as the Accountants General or their representatives be asked to account for N1.4bn in bank loans and overdrafts obtained under the Ministry.
The Committee recommended N3.445bn be recovered from former Commissioners in the Ministry for Local Government Affairs, Idris Halilu, Ahmed Faggo, retired Permanent Secretaries, Ado Santurakin Pali and Hudu Yunusa Ari, Special Advisers in the Ministry and Accountants General or their representatives for various cash withdrawals by Aliyu Musa, Cashier, JAAC Account.
The Committee recommended N4.6bn SURE-P funds be recovered from Yuguda, Abubakar Ahmed Faggo, Talatu Barwa, Abdullahi Musa Gwaram, Hudu Yunusa Ari, Y. Y. Abdullahi and Accountants General or their representatives, while another N177.8bn naira is to be recovered from Isa Yuguda, all former Commissioners, all Special Advisers and Permanent Secretaries in the Ministry for Local Government Affairs and Accountants General or their representatives for remittances from Ministry for Local Government Affairs from its Federation Allocation Committee to various MDAs from June 2007 to May 2015.
Receiving the report, Governor Abubakar commended the Committee for a job well done and assured that justice will be done to the report.
He warned public officers that his administration is a product of change and reiterated his administration’s commitment to zero tolerance to corruption
He announced the constitution of a White Paper Committee under the Chairmanship of the State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Barrister Ibrahim Umar