In its continuing investigation of the Federal Ministry of Education, following the alarm raised on the Departments, and Agencies of government with ‘High Corruption Risk,’ by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), SecretsReporters has discovered another contract fraud in the Nigerian education sector.
The investigation revealed that in 2018, a contract with code OCID OCDS-GYL66F-517019001-000030 titled Procurement of Student Bus was awarded to Consolidated Shelter Services Nig Ltd (CSS), a company solely into Design and Manufacturing of building components, civil engineering, project management, and other related engineering services, according to the information on its website and registered nature of business.
The contract awarded through the Federal College of Education Abeokuta has N45, 000,000 as the budget amount but was awarded to the company for N33,162,000.
Consolidated Shelter Services Nigeria Limited was incorporated on 13th August 2004, with Registration Number 604531. The Company’s registered office address is Shop No. 8 Area 7 Shopping Complex Garki, Abuja, FCT.
Emeka Leo Nwadozie, Abdullahi Muazu, Oduyebo Tunde Afolabi, and Adamu Mohammed Sani own the company.
Although the relationship between the company owners and the ministry could not be established, it is believed that awarding contracts not minding the nature of a company’s business amounts to diversions of public funds.
This discovery by SecretsReporters has given further credence to the fraudulent activities in the Ministry of Education as alleged by the ICPC.
Recall that the ICPC in a tweet via its official Twitter page @icpcnigeria on 12 January 2023, disclosed that the Federal Ministry of Education, Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, National Judicial Institute, Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission, National Bureau of Statistics, and the National Pension Commission and others declined to respond to the Ethics and Integrity Compliance Scorecard, EICS deployed in 2022 by ICPC. Hence, the listed MDAs were flagged for the attention of the public and for further inquiries and actions.