The Nasarawa state government has been caught in the act of what seems that the government has shortchanged its people.
The state government claims it spent N70 million for the construction of Community Primary Health Care at Gudi community at Nasarawa state.
However, a visit to the project site by Tracka a Non-governmental organization working in Nigeria that focuses on monitoring government projects to ensure quality delivery has shown the Nasarawa state government might have lied.
A Tracka senior official narrated how the organization team visited the community to ascertain the level of the project implementation and found no new hospital built.
Our team went to the community and found renovated primary healthcare centre, he disclosed. This is even as the state government from the outset claim to have spent N70 million building the hospital.
Worse still, the renovation was poorly done and has a leaking roof, Head of Tracker team said.
Check by WEST AFRICA REPORTERS (WAR) in the market shows that amount is enough to build and equip hospital of this standard.
Mr. Jones Ameh, a quantity surveyor who claims to have worked with civil engineers for over 23 years told WAR that amount is enough to build the hospital and equip it. He cited examples of hospitals they have built and did not get to suck amount.
Nasarawa state government is not the only offender; often government officials in Nigeria inflate project contracts and ward same to friends and family members with the intention of diverting money using the contract as a cover.
Many audits have found contract and procurement process as one major area government officials collude with contractors to steal monies from the state.
An effort by WAR to get to Mr. Jameel Zakari, the state commissioner for Information, Tourism, and Culture for an explanation was unsuccessful as his telephone number could not be reached.