- Nasir El-Rufai has allegedly awarded 282 contracts amounting to N3billion to his wife, children, and other government cronies
- The governor was also accused of not advertising bids
- Most of the contracts are said to have been abandoned
Kaduna state governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has been accused of awarding contracts to his family members and cronies and officials of his government.
According to Sahara Reporters, the governor refused to advertise bids as required by the Procurement Act.
The governor was accused of awarding contracts for the rehabilitation of existing drainages in Kaduna North, Kaduna South, Chikun and Zaria local government areas of the state to members of his family, including his wife and children, personal staff, friends and members of the House of Assembly.
The News outlet reported that many of the drainage contracts have been abandoned.
Sahara Reporters reports that among the beneficiaries was Air Vice-Marshal Aliyu El-Rufai, the governor’s brother, who was awarded five contracts.
It went further to allege that documents obtained listed Aliyu El-Rufai as the sponsor of Sumadex Nigeria Limited, Digimic Ventures, Gambari Visions Limited, Concept Construction and Engineering Limited as well as Elab Solution Provider.
Also on the list is a woman captured as Aunty Asabe, who got two contracts through J-F Haam Investment Limited. A man captured as Uncle Idi also got a contract via Danshanono Investment Limited.
One of the governor’s wives was also said to have been awarded a contract through Khairun Nas Nigeria Limited.
Ahmed El-Rufai, who got his contract through Bafe4 Investment Limited, and Aisha El-Rufai, who got the contract for Ghana Road through Mohsal Global Concept are other members of the governor's family who got awards.
Sahara Reporters further alleged that Mr. Yusuf Barnabas Bala, Mr. El-Rufai’s deputy, was awarded 13 contracts through Ojo Limmy Nigeria Limited, Maronian Nigeria Limited, Folarc Design Partners, Home Vestors Limited, Habi Moulds Limited, Golden Powers Nigeria Limited, Zamsnunom Enterprises Limited, Mustras International Limited, Nerat and Partners Limited, James Wagner and Partners Limited and De-Raheems Concept Limited.
Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mr. Balarabe Abbas Lawal was allegedly awarded a contract through Bogbento International Limited. In the contract awarded to Dan Magaji Crown Nigeria Limited, the SSG had, as partner, Mr. Abubakar Rilwanu.
Chairman and Director-General of the Kaduna state Due Process Office allegedly got eight contracts.
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The Majority Leader of the Kaduna state House of Assembly was said to have been awarded 10 contracts, including the one for Mai Anguwa Road, Kalala.
282 contracts were said to have been awarded this way.
NAIJ.com had reported that Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state fired back at the National Assembly (NASS), over calls for the extension of budget transparency to other arms of government.
NAIJ.com reported that in a series of Tweets, the Kaduna state government challenged Honorable Yakubu Dogara and the leadership of NASS to show Nigerians their budget, this he did by presenting specifics of the state's security budget.
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