Edo Govt Sacks Perm Sec, Sus­pends Three Oth­ers Over N283m Fraud

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - FRONT PAGE - From Alemma-ozioruva Aliu, Benin City

THEEDO State Gov­ern­ment yes­ter­day sacked a Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary in the State Min­istry of Youth and Spe­cial Du­ties, Dr. Osayuware Ida­hosa and three other civil ser­vants for pad­ding the bud­get for the con­duct of pri­mary school ex­am­i­na­tion to the tune of N283 mil­lion.

Dr. Ida­hosa served as Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary in the state Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion at the time the al­leged fraud was com­mit­ted and was re­ferred to the State Civil Ser­vice Com­mis­sion for ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion, ac­cord­ing to the rules and guide­lines of the ser­vice.

A state­ment by the Spe­cial Ad­viser, Me­dia and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Strat­egy, Cru­soe Osagie, said the de­ci­sion was the out­come of an ex­tra­or­di­nary ses­sion of the State Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee meet­ing, headed by the Gover­nor of Edo State, God­win Obaseki.

He said the other of­fi­cers in­volved in the fraud are S. A. Erhun­mwunse Edok­payi, E.I. Ero-ugiagbe and Lucky Adag­bonyin. The exco re­solved that they should pro­ceed on in­def­i­nite sus­pen­sion with­out pay and their case for­warded to the State Civil Ser­vice Com­mis­sion for ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion ac­cord­ing to the rules and guide­lines of the ser­vice.

Obaseki had vowed to un­mask the peo­ple that sent a N283 mil­lion re­quest for the con­duct of pri­mary school ex­am­i­na­tion in the state, which was even­tu­ally con­ducted at the cost of N30 mil­lion.

Speak­ing to jour­nal­ists af­ter the meet­ing, the Com­mis­sioner for Com­mu­ni­ca­tion and Ori­en­ta­tion, Paul Ohon­bamu said the At­tor­ney Gen­eral and Com­mis­sioner for Jus­tice, Yinka Omorogbe, sub­mit­ted a re­port on the panel of en­quiry on the con­duct of the 2016/2017 Pri­mary School Leav­ing Cer­tifi­cate Ex­am­i­na­tion and af­ter due con­sid­er­a­tion of find­ings and rec­om­men­da­tions, they took the de­ci­sion. Other mem­bers of the com­mit­tee in­clude the Com­mis­sioner for Com­mu­ni­ca­tion and Ori­en­ta­tion, Paul Ohon­bamu and the Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of Edo State ICT Agency, Lam­bert Ugorji.

Ohon­bamu fur­ther said that the exco meet­ing or­dered that an audit ex­er­cise be car­ried out on the ac­counts that per­tain to the ex­am­i­na­tion ex­er­cise, which has now been marred by al­leged cor­rup­tion. This audit will cover 2014, 2015 and 2016.

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