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BREAKING: Governor sacks SSG over fraud

NASARAWA State Governor, Abdullahi Sule Monday bowed to pressure and announced the sack of the Secretary to the state government, Alhaji Tijani Aliy.

The sack comes after mounting pressure from Nasarawa State House of Assembly, demanding for the immediate sack of the SSG over alleged embezzlement of N1bn meant for the renovation and fencing of schools as commissioner of education during Tanko administration.

The governor in a letter signed by the permanent secretary, Government House Administration instructed the SSG to hand over all government properties in his possession to the permanent Secretary Cabinet office of the
State.

It would be recalled that Governor Abdullahi Sule has been under pressure to sack Alhaji Tijani Aliyu over his involvement in the misappropriation of the state government N1bn naira meant for renovation of Schools projects during his reign as the commissioner of education in the Tanko Almakura administration.


The state House of Assembly had the Speaker of the House, Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi give the order in Lafia after the house deliberation on the report of the committee investigating the alleged N1 billion released in 2018 for the renovation /fencing of Secondary schools in the
state.

According to the Speaker, the former Commissioner displayed inefficiency, incompetency and ineffectiveness in the performance of his official duties.

He disclosed that based on the committee’s recommendations, the total sum of N873, 233,942.60 was expended based on information from the payment Voucher (PVs) excluding five per cent deductions for Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) as payments for the completed and uncompleted projects.

“The total released contract sum was N1, 084,000,000 only, if deducted N873, 233,942.60 from the total contract sum this will amount to N210, 766, 057.40.

He also called on contractors who collected money and refused to carry out the renovation/fencing to do so within one month or face the consequences.

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