• CSGGG dismisses allegations of N4.6billion fraud in power ministry, provides evidence

    Written by Jerrywright Ukwu

    Updated 2 days ago

    - The recent allegations of fraud in the ministry of power has been dismissed as false

    - A group consisting of 180 civil society organizations say the report was hurriedly put out without proper research

    - The group has gone a step further to provide evidence on the true situation of things in the ministry

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    A group, Civil Society Groups for Good Governance (CSGGG) has dismissed the recent media reports of N4.6billion fraud in the ministry of power.

    Legit.ng gathered that CSGGG is an assemblage of over 180 civil society organizations advocating for patriotism, truth, fair hearing, and improvement of knowledge that will guarantee standards at all levels of service delivery in Nigeria.

    CSGGG convener, Comrade Ogakwu Dominic, in a detailed statement sent to journalists on Thursday, November 19, provided evidence on the reasons why the payments were made.

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    Comrade Dominic reminded the media that information should not be published until adequate research is made and its coherence and completeness are achieved, adding that misleading reports are capable of creating chaos, which could be detrimental to national development.

    CSGGG said the allegations against the minister, Babatunde Fashola, are false. Photo credit: @tundefashola

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    Giving more insight into the payments, Comrade Dominic said:

    “It may interest you to know that Olasehinde Micah, Ogueri Ugochukwu Pascal, Oluwadare Festus Oluwatayo, Adekunle Ogunfadebo, and Ahmad Mohammad, were all projects accountants of the ministry, and monies paid into their accounts was to finance different government programmes making the accounts official accounts as it was tagged “Projects Account.”

    “A situation which was even consented and appended by the office of the Accountant General of the Federation an official letter.”

    He said all MDA’s were also engaged judiciously in the practice of usage of projects/programme accountants to finance various government programmes, direct labour projects, and even payments of some personnel entitlements.

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    According to him, the actions were necessitated by a number of reasons among which he listed as;

    1. GIFMS platform of any MDA is configured in a way that it does not recognize any person whose details were not readily imputed into the Particular MDA’s portal. Thus, specialised officers such as legal officers, medical officers, federal audit staff as well as Honourable Minister’s aides, some permanent secretary’s aides, the press, and even some accountants whose salaries are domiciled with their specialized ministries to find it impossible to get paid by the ministry; hence the need to use projects accounts to act as intermediaries who after receiving such funds transfer same to the respective original beneficiaries.

    2. A project accountant was and is still necessary for the payment of the right way survey fees as the payment platform does not recognize such beneficiaries. The funds, therefore, have to be paid into the project's account before transferring the same to beneficiaries’ accounts in accordance with the approved breakdown and e-payment guidelines which thereafter retires according.

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    3. Projects accountants were also used for payments of retired officers’ entitlement. The GIFMIS platform as you very well know is configured in a way that the moment an officer retires from service, his/her account is automatically deactivated which makes it impossible for any further transaction to be made into the account. The repatriation allowances and burial expenses in the case of deceased employees were paid through the use of project accountants.

    4. All government programme expenses such as that of the Production of Ducu Drama on federal roads project, the annual council of works were paid through projects accountants. All such funds were paid through the officers’ account who worked with various committees in the utilization of the said funds in accordance with the approval and he retired the expenditure thereafter.

    5. Finally, some staff were not enrolled on the ministry’s GIFMIS platform. Thereafter, the ministry resorted to the usage of project accountants to facilitate general staff welfare during festivities.

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    He went on to say it is true that huge amounts of monies in the accounts controlled by civil servants calls for immediate investigation.

    He, however, pointed out that CSGGG embarked on more research and confirmed that such action was carried due to some realities.

    Legit.ng reports that the CSGGG has been at the forefront of transparency in government in the last few years.

    The group has been standing in the gap for the oppressed in the society and helping to galvanise public support for government policies.

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    Source: Legit.ng

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