Perm sec spends N7bn on uncompleted building – FG

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Science and Technology, Dr Mohammed Bello, was reported to have purchased an uncompleted building for the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development at the price of N7 billion.

Federal Government has since queried the Permanent Secretary regarding the transaction which it described as “uncompleted carcass”.

Bello who is now no longer in the said ministry had completed the property purchase while he was still the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Mr. Bello was also accused of giving out seven deep drilling rigs for borehole procured at N1.3 billion to some unnamed individuals under “fraudulent arrangements.”

According to the Punch News Papers, the query with reference number HCSF/PSO/AOD/P.030/5B has “Allegations of acts of serious misconduct in your former post of permanent secretary in the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development: Preliminary letter/query” as its title.

The HoS, Yemi-Esan said the query was issued on the order of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), who she said had been briefed about Bello’s conducts.

Quoting from the civil service rules,  PSR 030401 and 030402, the HOCSF described the allegations against the permanent secretary as acts of serious misconduct which can lead to dismissal if proven.

She, therefore, gave the embattled permanent secretary a 72-hour ultimatum to respond to the allegations if he so desires.

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