Nigeria’s Ministry of education has paid the sum of N84.2 million to renovate a none existing Government Secondary School at Ibagwa Aka, in Igbo Eze South Local Government of Enugu State.
Under the deal, the ministry of education supervised by Mr. Mallam Adamu, the minister, claims to have expended the sum of N84, 215,922.87 as part of the payment for furnishing blocks of classroom and VIP Toilets at Government Secondary School Ibagwa in Igbo Eze South Local Government of Enugu State.
Perfecting the deal, the Ministry of education, went into collaboration with the Federal College of Education Eha-Amufu as the implementing organization.
In the data obtained from https://www.govspend.ng/ a Budgit platform that publishes federal government spending, the ministry has since paid the whopping sum. This is even as it claims the payment made was a part payment and did not disclose the full amount paid for the entire project.
Although the project was awarded to Logine International Limited and was certified to have been duly implemented and payments made, MAWA – Foundation has since found out, that no such school exists in the community as claimed by the ministry.
The locals who spoke to MAWA officials said there is no such school as Government Secondary School in Ibagwa – Aka. In different accounts, they said there are only two public secondary schools in the community, Girls’ Secondary School, Ibagwa-Aka, and Boy’s Secondary School, Ibagwa-Aka.
“Which school are they saying they spent N84.2 million to renovate, there is no school as Government Secondary School in Ibagwa here, the only public schools we have are Ibagwa Girls and Ibagwa Boys, I challenge them to come and show such school,” one of the locals said.
MAWA official who was in the community searched all areas and could not find any school known as Government Secondary School Ibagwa.
It is unclear how the Ministry of Education arrived at renovating a none existing school with such a huge amount of money.
Efforts made by MAWA – Foundation to speak to the College of Education, were unsuccessful as two telephone numbers on its website +234 (0) 810 184 8382 +234 (0) 815 073 0166 could not be connected, and no response from an email sent to the institution.
Just like the College of Education, the two contact telephone numbers +234 903 0009 912, and +234 903 0009 913 on the Ministry of Education website are not functional, and no response on the email MAWA sent to them, making an official response impossible.