Benue Records Another 100 Million Naira Loss Over Fake Contract

Written By Abel Moses, Makurdi

Barely a week that it was revealed by Nigerian Concord Newspaper how
the governor of Benue state, Chief Samuel Ortom, illegally awarded a fake contract worth of 300 million Naira to Capital Project LTD (a contract that was never executed after being fully paid for), the poverty-ridden state has again suffered another loss of 100 million Naira.

The latest scam, Nigerian Concord gathered was the award of contract for the renovation of the agriculture Training Centre at Mbatie, Benue State. The contract number according to documents at the disposal of this newspaper is BNTB-28/2016.

The said contract which was awarded by the Benue State Ministry of Education on the 19th February, 2016 for the sum of 100 million Naira was fully paid for on the 28th February, 2016 but ADOPTED Nigeria Limited, the company that was awarded the contract has not executed the project up till date.

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A letter which was written by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Mr. John Y. Weor, to the company, ADOPTED Nigeria Limited which has its office address at Plot 21 HUDCO Quarters, North Bank, Makurdi reads in parts: “I am pleased to inform you that you have been successful in your bid for the above project.

“Approval has therefore been given for the renovation of Agric. Training Centres at Mbatie at the cost of 100 million Naira only.

“You are to contact the State Ministry of Finance for documentation and formal award of contract. Other details including the locations and specification of the contract will be contained in the agreement to be signed on the project between you and the State Government”

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The Memorandum with Reference Number MO/EOFF/307/T.1/22, a copy which was obtained from the Ministry by Nigerian Concord indicated that an immediate payment was made to the beneficiary, ADOPTED Nigeria Limited.

Also, Mr. Stephen Agbo, Secretary of the State Tenders Board, wrote a Memorandum with Reference Number S/BTB-548/1/124 to the Managing Director of Adopted Nigeria Limited on the 21st February, 2016 where he confirmed a contract agreement to be signed with the client, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.

Mr. Stephen Agbo also confirmed in the
letter that the contract was awarded to the company because it had submitted a Tender Non-Refundable Processing Fee of 1 million Naira, Performance Bond, Tax Clearance Certificate, Benue State Works Registration Certificate and Certificate of Business Incorporation.

It was however discovered by our correspondent who visited the location that the said contract which was fully paid for in about five months ago has not been executed by the company.

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>>>Another 300 million Naira contract which was awarded by the Benue State government under Governor Samuel Ortom, to Capital Project Consult Nigeria Limited on the 22nd February, 2016 has uncovered by Nigerian Concord’s investigators.

This is coming barely a month that this newspaper disclosed how the governor had awarded a renovation contract at the Schools of Nursing and Midwifery to the same Capital Projects Consults Limited which is owned by Mr. Joseph Ikyaagba, his Special Adviser who is being investigated for murder, for the sum of 200 million Naira.

Immediately after the report went viral, the Special Adviser to Governor Ortom on Media and ICT, Mr. Tahav Agerzua, issued a rejoinder where he agreed that the contract was awarded for the same amount to Capital Project Consult but he also noted that Mr. Joe Ikyaagba had resigned from the Board of the company as its Managing Director.

But findings by our correspondent at the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) indicated that Mr. Joe Ikyaagba did at no time resign his position as the Managing Director of Capital Project Consult despite his appointment as the Governor’s Special Adviser on Special Duties.

This fresh scam according to the three documents made available to Nigerian Concord by reliable government house sources, was the award of contract for the construction and equipping of Laboratory at the Akperan Orshi College of Agriculture in Yandav.

This contract which was awarded to Capital Project Consult, Maitama, Abuja, a company that belongs to the governor’s detained Special Adviser, Mr. Joe Ikyaagba at the sum of 300 million Naira on the 22nd of February, 2016, and fully paid for on the 25th February, 2016 on Governor Ortom’s instruction has not been executed up till now. (See page 3 of the documents attached for the governor’s approval)

The Memo with which the contract was awarded was signed by the Permanent Secretary, Benue State Ministry of Education, Mr. John Y. Weor, reads in parts: “I am pleased to inform you that you have been successful in your bid for the above project.

“Approval has therefore been given for the award of contract to you for the construction and equipping of Laboratory at the Akperan Orshi College of Agriculture in Yandav at the cost of 300 million naira only”

“You are to contact the State Ministry of Finance for documentation and formal award of contract. Other details including the locations and specification of the contract will be contained in the agreement to be signed on the project between you and the State Government” the Memorandum which has its Reference Number as MO/EOFF/307/T.1/22 concluded.

However, on the 27th of February, 2016, the Secretary of the State Tender Board of the Ministry of Finance, Mr. Stephen Agbo, wrote to Mr. Joe Ikyaagba who according to the Corporate Affairs Commission, is the Managing Director of Capital Project Consult, Maitama, Abuja up till today, to confirm the award of the said contract. (See page 2 of the attached documents for details).

This Memorandum with Reference Number S/BTB-548/1/112 which was addressed to Mr. Ikyaagba by Stephen Agbo stated that details of the said contract with Number BNTB-27/2016 would be spelt out in the Agreement to be signed with the clients, Ministry of Education, Sciences and Technology.

According to Agbo, the contract was awarded to Capital Project Consult having forwarded a Tender Non- Refundable Processing fee of 3 million naira, Performance Bond, Photocopy of Tax Clearance Certificate, Benue State Works Registration Certificate, and Certificate of Business Incorporation.

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