Documents Reveals How Former Permanent Secretary Squandered N1.7 Billion Niger Delta Allocation

Documents Reveals How Former Permanent Secretary Squandered N1.7 Billion Niger Delta Allocation
June 17 15:01 2017 Print This Article

Fact have emerged how a former embattled permanent secretary in the ministry of Niger Delta, Mr. William Alo mismanaged and squandered a whooping N1.479 billion belonging to the Niger Delta ministry, in dubious payments to contractors and for spurious tour claims between January to March 2017.

It was gathered that the said amount of money was approved and spent without the knowledge of the minister of Niger Delta Affairs Mr. Usani Usani, a development that amounts to a violation of laid down Federal Government’s procurement laws limiting approvals of permanent secretaries to not more than N5 million.

Sources said Mr. Alo and top directors of the ministry, who were involved in the alleged fraud may be the subject of full scale investigations by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and a team instituted to investigate the fraud have recommended prosecution of the public officers.

The in a document made available to our correspondent, Mr. Alo was accused of making huge payments beyond his approval limit between January and March, 2017 to CGC Nig Limited to the tune of N400 million, as part payment for the construction of Agbe-Orie-Idheze-Ohoro road (29 kilometers) in Isoko, Delta State; payment of N500 Million to Setraco Nig Ltd, for the construction of 31.8 kilometers Agadagba-Iyasan-Ovia River Bridge, Irene, Ondo State; N450 million for the dualization of East West Road Section 1 (Warri-Kiama), Delta State; and payment of the sum of N8 million to Wyethbaker Nig Ltd, for the construction of two numbers of 3 bedroom bungalows at Kula Housing Scheme, Rivers State.

The PS was also accused of the payments of multiple tour claims to the tune of N68 million to himself and his cronies for inspection non existent projects and sites between January and March 2017.

Our correspondent’s investigations revealed that the permanent secretary who is presently floating in the office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HCSOF), was also engaged in contract splitting.

In a letter to President Muhammad Buhari, dated 14 December, 2016, requesting for sanction against the permanent secretary, Usani, minister of Niger Delta Affairs, complained of the PS’s approval of N70 million to a company Le’Clarence Nigeria Limited (Lot1) for the Skill Acquisition Centre in Tuomo, Delta State, which was way beyond his approval limited and without the knowledge of any of the ministers.

In the document made available to our correspondent, Alo was alleged to have splinted the payment of N270 million to the following companies within a period of five days: N30 million on September 21, 2016 as interim payment to Thick Engineering Nigeria Limited (Lot1) on the FG’s Skill Acquisition Centre in Ohaji-Egbema, in Imo State; another N30 Million in favor of Al-Rosi Consult as part payment for five numbers of 2 bedroom bungalows at Battered, Warri South;

Others are the approval of N80 million interim payment to Mikky-Tai Engineering and Construction Limited for the provision of infrastructure for housing estate at Upper Sakpoba, Benin City, Edo State; N30 million payment to Perculiar Ultimate Concern Limited  for five numbers of 2 bedroom bungalows at Ogheye-Eghoroke, Warri North, Delta State and N29 million to Konad Global Resources Limited, for five numbers of 2 bedroom bungalows in Obonteghareda.

Prior to the December 14, 2016 letter to the president, Usani issued query to the embattled PS to explain why he refused to carry along the minsters in the ministry in the expenditure plan for the year but was said to have been by the former PS claiming he reports to the HCSOF and not the minister.

This attitude, which sources said was encouraged by the HCSOF prompted a January 14, 2017 letter to Buhari to suspend the errant public officer pending the determination of his case by the appropriate authorities.


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