Niger assembly lambasts state ministry of works for ineptitude, forged documents

The Niger State House of Assembly has lambasted the state Commissioner for Works, Muhammed Ibrahim Panti and his team over alleged incompetence in the discharge of the Ministry’s duties.

The House through the Committee on works also accused them of discrepancies in documents presented before the committee in preparation for its oversight function.

According to the Chairman of the Committee and member representing Lavun constituency, Hon. Jubril Ndagi Baba the documents presented on some of the projects across the state are worlds apart ”as if they are not from the same ministry”.

Also, members who contributed to the discussion observed that the explanations offered by the Commissioner and the permanent secretary showed that the documents were forged.

They said, “since the Commissioner said he cannot agree with what is on the documents, it means they were forged.”

Three conflicting documents were presented on the same matter before the house and yet did not carry information required for the oversight function of the committee.

Shocked and disappointed by the development, the committee chairman told the Commissioner and his team ” it took the ministry over a month to present the documents and still have issues with the papers. This only shows signs of incompetence and it’s an indication that there would be issues on the projects.”

The committee was also baffled that the ministry is not in charge of the renovation of Government House and therefore, questioned the accountability of the state government over the project.

Baba noted “we want you to note that we are not out to witchhunt anybody but, only doing what we are elected to do as people’s representatives.

“Government House is being renovated with taxpayers’ money and people must know what is going on with the project and how their money is being spent.”

The committee further decried the poor handling of the Minna-Lambatta road by the ministry, adding that, “the poorly constructed road had made the state lose huge sums of money spent on the road to the federal government.”

However, the Commissioner in his response, admitted that the documents before the committee were not correct and up to date.

The commissioner then asked for more time to enable the Ministry put its house in order.

Panti and his team are expected back in the house on Thursday.


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