Mr. Yakubu Tsala, former chairman, Governing Board of The Lake Chad Research Institute, Maiduguri, Borno State, bought a Prado Jeep worth N18 million at the rate of N750,000, according to the agency.
According to an information on its website, the Lake Chad Research Institute (LCRI) is responsible for conducting research into the improvement of millet and wheat.
In 2017, the office of the Auditor-General for the Federation had queried the institute over alleged disappearance of two SUVs.
Upon investigation, it said the Prado Jeeps were procured in 2013 and 2014 but were sold three years after.
The report is being considered by the Senate Public Accounts Committee, chaired by Senator Matthew Urhoghide (PDP, Edo).
The audit query reads, “Management of the Institute could not account for 2 Nos. Toyota Prado Jeeps which were purchased in 2013 & 2014 with registration No. 45KOIFG for one Jeep and none for the other.
“No reason was given for not registering the second Prado Jeep. In addition, a Toyota Hiace bus with registration No. 45KO3FG could not be accounted for during audit.
“This is a violation of Financial Regulation 2128 which states that “Every public officer is personally and pecuniary responsible for government property under his control or in his custody.
“Inability of the management of the Institute to account for government property under their custody suggests abuse and mismanagement, as government property may have been diverted to private use.
The Executive Director is required to account for the vehicles. The issue was communicated to the Executive Director through my Audit Inspection Report Ref. No. EIAD/WTR 16/CORP/4 dated 21st December 2017 but he failed to respond.”
The institute in a written response said, “The vehicle (Prado Jeep) was purchased on 21st March, 2014 at the Cost of N18.7 million and the former Executive Director, Dr.Oluwasina Olabanji, sought the approval of ARCN (Agricultural Research Council Of Nigeria) for boarding the vehicle to the former chairman Governing Board , Mr. Yakubu Tsala at the cost of N750,000 only.”
The second Prado Jeep, according to the institute, was purchased on 18th September, 2013 at the cost of N12.4 million and request for approval to board the vehicle was written to ARCN dated on June 7th , 2017.”
The Senate panel therefore ordered the institute’s Executive Director, Dr. Alhassan Bibinu to appear before it along with the former Executive Director, who gave order for selling of the two Prado Jeeps.
SPU Barracks Named After President Muhammadu Buhari
The new Special Protection Unit Base 6 barracks built and donated by Niger Delta Development Commission to the Nigeria Police Force in Omagwa, Rivers State, has been renamed the President Muhammadu Buhari Nigeria Police (Special Protection Unit) Base 6 Barracks.
The complex, made up of a commander’s quarters, 68 residential flats, offices and other facilities, would be commissioned by the President on Tuesday.
Announcing this in Abuja, the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Obot Akpabio, said this was done in recognition of President Muhammadu Buhari’s commitment towards enthronung peace and security in the Niger Delta region.
Senator Akpabio said that President Buhari directed that the barracks, begun several years ago, should be completed quickly to boost the work of the Nigeria Police Force in the Niger Delta, as well as efforts at facilitating sustainable regional development.
He commended the Interim Administrator of the NDDC for heeding the directive of the Federal Government, stating that “the new NDDC is renewing the confidence of Niger Deltans in Government’s seriousness to bring development to the communities.”
He added: “This is one of a few projects NDDC is completing and commissioning, post the forensic audit exercise. It shows that we are on the right track and that the Niger Delta will enjoy more of government’s efforts to improve living conditions of the region and restore hope in the people.”
President Buhari To Commission NDDC’s Apartment Complex For Police
President Muhammadu Buhari will on Tuesday (September 28) commission the Special Protection Unit Base 6 barracks, built and donated by the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, to the Nigeria Police Force.
The barracks, with 68 fully air-conditioned flats, also comprises a five bedroom commander’s quarters, functional office accommodation, a sentry post, guardroom with armoury and a parade ground.
It is located in the Omagwa area of Port Harcourt, which is the host community for the Port Harcourt International Airport.
Construction of the barracks started several years ago, but was completed early this year as part of the renewed drive by the Commission, under the leadership of the Interim Administrator/Chief Executive, Mr Efiong Akwa, to complete key projects.
Speaking last July, Mr Akwa had noted that the apartment complex was meant to provide accommodation to Policemen in the Special Protection Unit (SPU) of the Force.
“The housing units will therefore help to improve security around around and within the Port Harcourt International Airport”, said the NDDC Chief Executive.
In the last two years, NDDC management has worked hard to complete important projects in different sectors of the economy. In addition, it has also donated many amenities and facilities, including garbage trucks and medical equipment to state governments in the region.
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