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Unpaid contractors to close down Agric ministry over N16bn fraud

organized a bunch of presidency contractors, underneath the auspices of 'Involved Unpaid Contractors 2018 of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Improvement' On Thursday, a peaceable protest occurred and the headquarters of the Federal Ministry of Finance barricaded in Abuja to demand unpaid contract cash by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Improvement.

The demonstrators who threatened to occupy the headquarters of the Ministry of Agriculture from December 8, 2020 if the federal government didn’t pay them, expressed their remorse on the damaging affect of the "steady refusal"

The demonstrators who raised banners with writings resembling "the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Improvement, pay us Our cash. " "Pay us our cash that our husbands can not pay college charges"; And so forth., brought about inbound and outbound visitors to be obstructed to the huge headquarters of the Ministry of Finance for a number of minutes till a senior official within the ministry got here to handle them, and their message shall be delivered to the minister to the suitable authorities.

Talking in the course of the protest, the group's coordinator, Emeka Enniqui, stated that they’d petitioned a number of authorities businesses and senior officers together with the top of the Federation Division and the Nationwide Council to intervene within the matter with out a lot success. [19659002] Mr. Enniqui said that their current protest was conscious of their discovery that the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Improvement was planning to return a number of the "recovered funds" of 16 billion naira to the federal government as "unspent funds", whereas the entire quantity owed to the ministry was 15 billion N.

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The fee was saved for us in a particular account by the ministry and plenty of affected contractors reported the matter to ICPC, and ICPC fought in Command and recovered 16 billion N from the person account.

“Nevertheless, we found that the ministry was planning to return the cash to the federal government pool account with the intention that in the event that they returned the cash, it will get a 10% bonus and once more, the ministry additionally pooled one other N1 billion as an unspent fund to make it a complete of 17 billion N The federal government shouldn’t be an unspent fund, and but our contract cash has not been paid. There is no such thing as a logic in that.

“So we’re right here to shout the Minister of Finance to return to our assist and communicate to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Improvement, Mr. Sabo Nanunu and the everlasting secretary of the ministry, Moaz Abd. Who will pay us as a substitute of returning the cash to the federal government account, ”stated Anikoy.

In the meantime, the Director of Info on the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Improvement, Theodore Ogazishi, admitted that the ministry was certainly indebted to the contractors, however had already verified that the actual contractors had been deserved. An inventory of "due course of" and potential fee was despatched out.

He stated: “It’s a proven fact that the ministry owes obligations to some contractors and it didn’t occur inside a yr in the past, it was an outdated burden earlier than the present minister and everlasting secretary got here to the saddle. As you recognize, there are annual budgets to handle each contracting job. ”

Concerning the declare to recuperate the quantity of 16 billion naira, a spokesperson for the ministry stated,“ I have no idea in regards to the difficulty of recovering 16 billion naira from any particular person. That is their personal assertion that must be verified, and I don't know if I've gone to the ICPC to confirm it.

nonetheless, he emphasised that “there are obligations owed to the contractors. The contractors got here right here and introduced their factors, and the books had been verified and located to be appropriate. The record of beneficiaries has been compiled by this ministry and transferred to the Ministry of Finance to take due authorized measures in place to pay them.” That is the place we’re. ”