A leaked memo on social media has showed how the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development approved the sum of N30 million for the construction of a mosque.
The memo, dated December 10, 2020, with reference number FMA/PROC/AHS/SIP/2020/7742/1, stated that the Ministerial Tenders Board approved the contract.
The ministry is led by Mohammed Nanono, who was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019 to replace Audu Ogbe, who had served in the ministry between 2015 and 2019.
The document titled, ‘Award of Contract for the Construction of Friday Mosque’ was signed on behalf of the minister by Musa Musa, Deputy Director of Procurement in the ministry.
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The memo was addressed to the Managing Director, El-Shukhur Multi-Buz Nig. Ltd in Bauchi State.
“I am directed to inform you that the ministerial tenders board at its 7th meeting held on December 7, 2020, approved the award of contract for the construction of Friday mosque to your company at the total sum of N30m only, inclusive of VAT, with a completion period of eight weeks with effect from the date of this letter,” the memo read.
“You are therefore required to indicate in writing within three days of receipt of this offer, your acceptance to the office of the director, procurement, FMARD, Abuja or otherwise, the offer will be considered lapsed.
“Therefore, you are to liaise with the director (Animal Husbandry Services) for adequate supervision of the contract and the director (Legal Services) for signing of the contract agreement.
“Please note that the contract is not transferable and the cost is fixed, firm and request for price variation will not be entertained.
“It is expected that the contract will be executed in strict comp-liance with BOQ/Specifications and in line with relevant clauses in the Bidding Document and Contract Agreement.”
The ministry has declined to make any official comment on the development.
According to The PUNCH, Theodore Ogaziechi, spokesperson of the ministry, said a letter on the matter should be written to the permanent secretary.
Ogaziechi said he had not been briefed about it.
See the leaked memo below: