By Our Reporter
In what would look like probing past Administration of former governor Umaru Tanko Al- makura the Nasarawa state House of Assembly, has set up an adhoc committee to investigate N1billion secondary schools renovation contract awarded in 2018 by the state ministry of Education.
Rt. Hon Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi, the Speaker of the House set up the committee when the Secretary to the state Government. (SSG), Alhaji Aliyu Ahmed Tijani and the Commissioner for Education, Hajiya Fati Sabo appeared before the House on Tuesday.
The speaker said that their appearances was to explain their roles on the utilization of the fund on renovation of secondary schools across the state which most of the projects were abandoned.
According to him, the invitation of the SSG and the Commissioner was not to witch hunt them but to ensure that the right thing is done for the purpose of accountability and good governance.
” After listening to the SSG, who was a former Commissioner for Education when the contract was awarded in 2018 without completion up till this moment.
” It is in view of this that we are setting up an adhoc committee to investigate the projects in the interest of our children and overall development of the state.
” The committee include the Chairman and members of the House Committee on Education, Chairmen of House Committees on Finance, Public Account and Works respectively.
” I urge the committee to do a thorough job as it is sad and unfortunate that our children in some secondary schools are learning under the trees, ” he said.
Earlier, The SSG admitted that N1 billion was released in November 2018 by the state government to the ministry of Education for schools renovation purposes.
” Yes, the renovation work is ongoing as the contract was given in 2018 when I was a commissioner for Education, ” he said.
On her part, the Commissioner for Education, Hajiya Fati Sabo also revealed that N84million was given to the ministry when she assumed office in 2019 to pay contractors for the same projects.
It would be recalled that on March 16th the House has summoned a former Commissioner of Education and now, the Secretary to the Government of Nasarawa State (SSG), Alhaji Aliyu Ahmed Tijani and Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Hajiya Fati Sabo over school abandoned projects awarded in 2018.