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Edo N283 million Fraud: Obaseki suspends Perm Sec

Permanent Secretary in Edo State Ministry of Youth and Special Duties Dr. Osayuware Idahosa has been suspended by the state’s government for his alleged involvement in the padding of the budget for the conduct of 2016/2017 primary school examination.

The fraud was put at N283 million.

Agency report says three other officials involved in the scandal were also suspended till findings were concluded. They include Barr. S. A. Erhunmwunse Edokpayi, Mrs. E.I. Ero-Ugiagbe and Mr. Lucky Adagbonyin.

Commissioner for Communications and Orientation in Edo, Mr Paul Ohonbamu, made the announcement after an extraordinary session of the State Executive Council.

Trouble was said to have started when some officials of the Ministry of Youth and Special Duties sent a N283 million request for the conduct of primary school examination in the state, which was eventually conducted at the cost of N30 million, a fraud Governor Obaseki vowed to unmask the people behind it.

News Agency of Nigeria quoted Mr. Ohonbamu as saying that the decision was reached after the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Prof. Yinka Omorogbe, submitted a report of the panel of enquiry on the conduct of the 2016/2017 Primary School Leaving Certificate Examination and after due consideration of findings and recommendations.

The sacked Permanent Secretary was in the state Ministry of Education at the time the alleged fraud was committed and was referred to the State Civil Service Commission for appropriate action, according to the rules and guidelines of the service.

He said that the exco resolved that they should proceed on indefinite suspension without pay and their case forwarded to the State Civil Service Commission for appropriate action.

“EXCO also set up a committee to be chaired by the Commissioner for Employment and Wealth Creation, Mr Emmanuel Usoh to investigate the delisting of about 350 private schools from the list of eligible schools to participate in the Primary School Leaving Certificate Examination.”

The commissioner said that the committee would also investigate the conditions that led to the relisting of the schools shortly after they were delisted.

Ohonbamu further said that the meeting ordered that an audit exercise be carried out into the accounts of the examination committee.