Shocking Details Of The Death Of NECO Registrar, Godswill Obioma, Revealed — Investigative Report
Concerned insiders at the National Examinations Council (NECO), whose Registrar, Prof. Godswill Obioma, died in controversial circumstances on Monday night, May 31, 2021, have released shocking details of alleged fake contract awards, contract splitting, inflation of contract figures and outright embezzlement in the agency. “We request a comprehensive forensic audit of NECO,” they said in a petition signed on their behalf by signed by Abudlkarim Umar and sent to the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) and Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on November 17, 2020. Below is the text of the petition which dwelt on the malfeasance at NECO before late Prof. Obioma took over on May 22, 2020:
The National Examinations Council has become a haven of corruption under the leadership of the Acting Registrar (Mr. Abubakar Gana) and his S.A. (Mr. Ibrahrim Alih). Recall that in May 2018 the Chief Executive officer of NECO in the person of Prof. Charles B. Uwakwe was suspended alongside other Principal Staff for reasons of corruption and embezzlement of fund by the Minister for Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu. Upon appointment as the Acting Registrar, being the most senior Director at that time Mr. Abubakar Gana appointed one Mr. Ibrahim Alih, whose identity was unknown, to assume office as his Special Adviser (S.A.). It is noteworthy that Mr. Ibrahim Peter Alih has never been in the civil service and lacks the requisite experience to occupy a sensitive office such as that of the S.A. to the Chief Executive. Under the present leadership all manners of illegality and corrupt practices have progressed at an alarming level.
The infractions committed by the present leadership of NECO are not limited to these reported below, these ones are reported based on available evidence.
Award of Contracts above BPP Approved Thresholds
The Bureau of Public Procurement has clearly approved thresholds for procurement in all Government MDAs. The present management of NECO has engaged in the award of contracts without recourse to the allowable and approve thresholds for the award of contracts being that the Council neither has a standing Tenders Board or even a Committee. So many instances abound where the current administration in NECO has breached this government instruction. Named below are companies that have been awarded contracts above the thresholds of the approving personnel.
1. Yaliam Press Limited
2. Marvellous Mike Press Limited
3. Ramadan Press Limited
4. Kwality Printing and Packaging Limited
5. Baumasters Project Limited
6. Jinadu Ventures Limited
7. Descteck Universal Concept Limited
8. Amsy Global Services Limited
9. Jangade International Limited
Being clearly spelt out in the Public Procurement Act, it is a wrong practice to split a contract that should be awarded to a singular contractor. Since the present leadership of NECO took over the reins of authority in May 2018, they have severally engaged in the act of contract splitting. A glaring instance is in the Award of Contract for the Printing of 2019 SSCE (Internal) Sensitive Examination materials (for the June/July Examinations). Appropriately, this contract should be awarded to a singular contractor, but that was not the case. The same Award was split, and illegally awarded to 5 different contractors in May 2019. The Companies involved are listed below (See attached documents marked as Annexure A):
1. Mercy Trust Nigeria Limited
2. Ramadan Press Limited
3. Marvelous Mike Press limited
4. Binani Printing Press
5. Yaliam Press Limited
Outright Theft of Public Funds
In preparation for the 2019 June/July Senior School Certificate Examinations the award of contract for the printing of sensitive materials for the examination was recreated to represent two different Awards. This is clearly an act intended for the purpose of money laundering.
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