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Why I paid N7 billion to purchase ‘Uncompleted carcass” building – Permanent Secretary

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The Permanent Secretary of Science and Technology , Dr Mohammed Bello has justified payment of N7 billion for the “uncompleted carcass” building for the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development for N7 billion while he was in the Ministry as Permanent Secretary saying the Minister of Agriculture gave approval for the payment.

Federal Government had queried the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Science and Technology, Dr Mohammed Bello, for allegedly buying what it described as an “uncompleted carcass” building for the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development for N7 billion.

Bello in response to the query said that due process was followed to the latter in the purchase of the building.

He said, “I will state that due process was followed to the latter in the purchase of the said building. After submission of recommendation to the Hon. Minister of Agriculture; He approved that Council Memo be made to that effect. We then sent the Memo to the Secretary to Government of the Federation who then scheduled it for Federal Executive Council Approval. Consequently, the Federal Executive Council approved the purchase of the building.”

Bello accused the agriculture minister and Mu’azu Abdulkadir, the current permanent secretary of the ministry, of being responsible for the allegations against him.

He said, “These are the same people alleging that the purchased office building was unfit for use.

“It is worthy of note at this point that it is the current Permanent Secretary FMARD who is actually guilty of virement as since after the approval of the above contracts has refused to sign and release letters of award of contract to the respective contractors but instead diverted and vire the funds to other projects in his locality that were never part of the appropriation, neither advertised nor bided for. This is a case of unequivocal virement.”

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