The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, permitted a last-minute N20billion contract for the Nigeria Social Insurance coverage Belief Fund (NSTIF) on Thursday – one of many businesses underneath his ministry, paperwork obtained by SaharaReporters have proven.
SaharaReporters gathered that Ngige, who had deliberate to go away his ministerial place, hurriedly permitted the contract with out following any diligent course of to allegedly use the means as a conduit to have entry to N20billion authorities funds.
In line with the contract papers, it was a contract settlement between the NSTIF Administration Board and one P2E Applied sciences mentioned to be positioned at Adeleye Shut, Utako, Abuja, and titled, “Procurement of E-NSITF Digitalisation/ Automation of the Fund’s actions and processes (E-Infrastructure.”
The complete contract paperwork are connected.
Prime sources informed SaharaReporters that if pressing steps weren’t taken to cease the minister, the mentioned contract would result in the withdrawal of at the least N20 billion from the NSTIF’s coffers.
“This is likely one of the too many fictitious contracts awarded that won’t be executed inside this quick ministerial cupboard reshuffle. That is an emergency contract settlement awarded by the NSITFMB. It was hurriedly ready by the Head of Authorized Division and it was transferred to 1 Madam Ijeoma Okoronkwo, Board Secretariat Workplace Division on Thursday,” a supply revealed.
“The mentioned contractor who was already seated on the Madam Board Secretary’s Workplace signed the Settlement. The contract settlement was instantly smuggled to Ngige the identical Thursday by the Board Secretary of the NSITF for the minister’s pressing consideration. That is one in all such emergency contracts within the midst of many others,” one other supply confirmed.
“If the NSITF Accounts are usually not instantly frozen between now and subsequent week, a minimal of N20billion might be misplaced. Minister Ngige had ready this last-minute contract of N20 billion earlier than he later determined to withdraw his presidential ambition.”
Earlier at the moment, Ngige mentioned he had withdrawn from the 2023 presidential race and would stay in President Muhammadu Buhari’s cupboard as a minister.
In a press assertion obtained by SaharaReporters signed by the minister and titled, “Withdrawal of my presidential aspiration”, Ngige mentioned he took the choice after consulting together with his constituents and political associates.
“At the moment, Might 13, I had an viewers with the President, Muhammadu Buhari, as a follow-up to the one I earlier had with him on Might 11, 2022. Having additionally consulted broadly with my household, constituents, supporters and well-wishers, it’s my pleasure to announce the withdrawal of my curiosity and earlier determination to contest the workplace of the President within the 2023 common elections,” he had mentioned.
On Wednesday, Buhari requested all members of the Federal Government Council (FEC) contesting elective positions in 2023 to resign.
They had been requested to submit their letters of resignation on or earlier than Monday, Might 16, 2022.
In line with the Minister of Info and Tradition, Lai Mohammed, the order excludes the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo as a result of he’s an elected member of the cupboard.