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30.10.2022 Featured Ministry of Works Keeps Budgeting Millions for Fence Project Completed in 2020, Tracka Reveals

Published 30th Oct, 2022

By Joseph Adeiye

Tracka, a Nigerian community of citizens tracking government activities, has released a fraud alert after it noticed the Ministry of Works and Housing approved funds for a completed project in Kebbi State in two consecutive years.

According to Tracka, the federal government approved the construction of the federal secretariat land’s perimeter fencing in Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi State, in 2019. The government completed the project in 2020, but the Ministry of Housing and Works released over N90 million for the same project afterwards.

Tracka has referred to the federal secretariat land in Birnin Kebbi as a “conduit pipe for siphoning public fund”.

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PHOTO CREDIT: TrackaNG
PHOTO CREDIT: TrackaNG

“Between 2019 and 2022, N197.7m has been BUDGETED for the construction of perimeter fence of federal secretariat land Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi State,” Tracka tweeted on Sunday.

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“In the 2020 FG budget, N100,915,129 was BUDGETED and we tracked and reported that the perimeter fence was constructed.

“(The) same project was recaptured in 2021 and 2022 budget for 56,640,590, and 34,152,000 respectively, under the Ministry of Works and Housing.

“The ministry has refused to carry out oversight function on the level of implementation of the work by the contractor. Rather awarding same project yearly in the budget without oversight.”

FIJ sent a message to the ministry on Twitter but got no response. A mail sent to the ministry had also received no reply at press time.

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Published 30th Oct, 2022

By Joseph Adeiye

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