How Buhari’s Minister Spend N30 million Budgeted for Farmers to Build Mosque.
N30 million has been allocated by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development for the construction of a mosque.
The ministry was given to El-Shukhur Multi-Buz Nig. Ltd., according to a leaked document dated December 10, 2020, with Ref. No. FMA/PROC/AHS/SIP/2020/7742/1, signed by Musa Musa, the deputy director of procurement at the ministry on behalf of the minister.
The contract was accepted by the Ministerial Tenders Board, according to the ministry.
“I am ordered to notify you that the Ministerial Tenders Board in its 7th meeting held on the 7th December 2020 approved the award of contract for the construction of Friday Mosque to your company at the total contract price of N30, 000, 000.00 (Thirty Million Naira only), inclusive of VAT, with an eight-week completion term with effect from the date of this letter,” the letter reads in part.
“You must thus express your acceptance in writing to the office of the Director Procurement, FMARD, Abuja, within three days of receipt of this offer, otherwise the offer would be regarded lapsed.
“As a result, you must coordinate with the Director (Animal Husbandry Services) for proper contract oversight and the Director (Legal Services) for contract signing.
“Please be aware that the contract is non-transferable and that the cost is fixed and firm, and that any request for a price modification will be ignored.
“It is anticipated that the contract would be carried out in strict accordance with the BOQ/specifications, as well as applicable terms in the bidding document and contract agreement,” it stated.
The Ministry admits the leak and explains why.
Theodore Ogaziechi, the ministry’s director of information, said in a statement on Thursday that the ministry opted to build the prayer complex for livestock farmers presented by Boko Haram rebels in Borno State, despite public criticism.
“Our attention has been directed to an online publication by the Punch Newspaper saying that the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has come under fire on social media as a result of a leaked letter approving N30 million in taxpayer cash for the construction of a Friday mosque.
“In addition, the platform presented a government official memo dated December 10, 2020, with ref. no. FMA/PROC/AHS/SIP/2020/7742/1 claiming that the Ministerial Tenders Board approved the contract.
In the statement, Mr Ogaziechi stated, “To set the facts straight, the document is authentic and appropriate in all dimensions.”
According to the statement, the worship centre was built for a community of livestock farmers who were sacked and displaced by Boko Haram rebels in Borno State and were being resettled in Ngarannam/Mafa local government in Borno State.
Other common facilities given for the community’s livestock farmers include Solar Powered Boreholes with Overhead Tanks and Drinking Troughs for their cattle and small ruminants, Water Harvesting Structures, Milk Collection Center, Resettlement Abode, and other infrastructure to properly settle and rehabilitate the displaced livestock farmers, in addition to the mosque.
“The mosque was built in response to a Special Request from the community through the Borno State Government to prevent travelling too far away from the settlement areas for prayers, as well as to safeguard their safety and avoid contact with insurgents,” he stated.
The memo is an official document that may be scrutinised and reviewed by the public, according to the statement, and it was not leaked.
He claimed that the Ministry was unconcerned about the situation because it had gotten sufficient approval, conducted a thorough requirements assessment, and followed proper procedures in the project’s execution.
“It is recommended that our media friends exercise due care and restraint in the future before issuing publications of this sort, which are aimed for the public benefit and security, to prevent raising a false alarm and causing unnecessary rancour in the public sphere, which may lead to polity overheating,” it stated.
Nigerians were outraged by a ministry’s decision to divert public funds to the construction of a religious complex, despite the fact that it has done little to promote the agricultural sector.
“Despite all of the issues facing food security, the Federal Ministry of Agriculture prioritises the construction of a mosque! Is it to pray for rain or anything else? For the love of God, tell me how we got here. What does the government have to do with churches or mosques?” tweeted Dino Melaye, a former senator from Kogi state.
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