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Three Jonathan’s ministers, perm sec under probe over $470million CCTV contract

The Federal House of Representatives has recommended for probe three ministers that served in the erstwhile administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan

– The House committee revealed that only 40 out of the 1000 Closed Circuit Television Camera (CCTV) installed in Abuja are working

– The house recommends the probe of the former ministers and make them account for the $470million spent on the project

Three ministers that served in the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan have landed in trouble as the House of Representatives has invited them to return unaccounted funds from the $470million Lagos and Abuja Closed Circuit Television Cameras (CCTV) contract.

The three former ministers, Alhaji Adamu Waziri, Navy Captain Caleb Olubolade and Alhaji Jelili Adesiyan, including a former permanent secretary in the ministry of police affairs, James Obeigbu, served between 2010 and 2014 in the administration of Jonathan that has been under heavy probe by President Muhammadu Buhari’s government.

Daily Post is reporting that the House of Reps adhoc committee’s report indicted the ministers, a report which the lawmakers agreed to put to debate next week.

The committee, chaired by Hon. Ahmed Yerima, said out of a total of 1000 installed cameras in Abuja, only 40 were working, noting that the contract was awarded in 2008 under the National Public Security Communications System.

The committee recommended the prosecution of the former ministers and officials of the defunct ministry of police affairs over the rationale and motive for the removal and disappearance of the operational and maintenance costs of the project from its initial proposal.

It also agreed that Mr. James Obeigbu be prosecuted for deliberately refusing to release N3billion meant for network operations and maintenance, adding that ZTE Nig. Ltd, the company that was awarded the contract should refund the discrepancy amount certified after the audit exercise or supply equipment and spares of commensurate value as may be required by the ministry.




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