The Nasarawa State House of Assembly, on Tuesday directed the state Governor Abdullahi Sule to sack the Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Aliyu Ahmed Tijani, over alleged unaccounted for N284.5 million school projects fund when he was a Commissioner of Education in the state.
The Speaker of the Assembly, Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi, gave the directive after the House deliberated on a report of an Ad-hoc committee that investigated the alleged N1 billion released in 2018 for the renovation/fencing of secondary schools in the state.
The directive to sack the SSG followed a motion to that effect, moved by Hon Mohammed Alkali, APC Lafia North; and seconded by Hon Ibrahim Muluku, APC Nasarawa Eggon East.
Consequently, the House asked the embattled SSG to refund over N248.5 million as unaccounted for funds to the coffers of the state government.
The Speaker therefore said the former commissioner displayed blatant inefficiency, incompetency and ineffectiveness in the performance of his official duties.
According to him, “Based on the resolution of the House, Governor Sule should relieve Tijani of his appointment. I will request the clerk to communicate the House’s resolution to the governor for his immediate action.”
Calling on Governor Sule to, as a matter of urgency, work on the House resolution in the interest of peace and development, the Speaker said, “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 5 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, the balance will amount to N210,766,057.40.
“Then add 5 per cent Monitoring and Evaluation, which is N37,718,499.19. The total sum of unaccounted for funds will amount to N248,484,556.60.”