A Nigerian Minster of Science and Technology, Mr. Ogbonnaya Onu, is caught up in an alleged contract scam.
Mr. Onu is alleged to have abused the Public Procurement Act and allocated a contract in the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure, NASENI, an agency under his ministry to his company.
A document leaked to WEST AFRICA REPORTERS (WAR) by a senior staff of the agency shows that NASENI under the leadership of Mr. Mohammed Haruna, the Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer had on the 1st day of February 2017, awarded a contract for the construction of its office extension to Hortigraph Nigeria Limited in the sum of 329,139,405.15 million, a company that belongs to Mr. Ogbonaya Onu, the current Minister for Science and Technology.
Another senior staff of the agency in a phone conversation told our reporter that the award of the contract was a bribe in return for Mr. Onu to shield and protect Haruna to retain his office despite the end of his tenure.
Three different civil engineers told our reporter, that amount is enough to pull down the whole agency and build it from the scratch.
Also, checks with various estate developers gave a glimpse into the cost of the building at about N100 million showing a huge difference of over N229 million.
Often, respective government agencies work out a false cover by pretending to have spent monies allocated to them due diligently, whereas most of their action in the procurement process indeed have corrupt practices.
Mr. Sunny Onyeukwu, the Senior Assistant to the minister, denied comment on the matter.
An insider source in the agency, told WAR, Mr. Onu, has seen huge corruption under his watch at the agency. The agency under Mr. Onu has become an era of propaganda and ‘thievery’ she laments.
When our reporter sought the response of NASENI regarding the award of the contract, Mr. Haruna, said he cannot respond to anonymous or faceless sources.
I do not respond to anonymous or faceless sources. I need evidence that can withstand, Sani said.