Kano State Government has revoked another contract awarded to Messrs Tiamin Multi-Services Global Limited, belonging to Alhaji Aminu Muhammed, a business man suspected to be behind the videos, showing Governor Abdullahi Ganduje receiving bribes.
The state government last year cancelled contracts for 3 three projects worth N1.6 billion awarded to the company, and it took a court intervention for the state government to unseal Tiamin Rice Mills in Kano, which the government shut down after accusing it of polluting environment.
The council, has therefore, approved the award of the contract for the project to Messrs Traiacta Nigeria Limited at the cost of N1, 240, 637, 737.50 billion.
Briefing newsmen yesterday, the state commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba, however, said the state executive council approved the revocation of the contract of rehabilitation of Ahmadu Bellow following poor performance.
“The council, has therefore, approved the award of the contract for the project to Messrs Traiacta Nigeria Limited at the cost of N1, 240, 637, 737.50 billion,” said a statement signed by the commissioner.
According to Garba, following reconciliation of account between the state government and the contractor’s engineer, a reconciliation certificate raised indicates a negative value of N11, 392, 124.88 million against the contractor and a balance of 10 per cent retention money amounting to N3, 006, 103.75 million in favour of the contractor pending expiration of the Defect Liability Period.
Garba said that the scope of the project comprises among others, site clearance, scarification of existing failed surfacing, excavation and removal of bituminous sections, fill material, demolition of failed ring culverts, box culverts and block work drainages, provision of subbase and crush stone base, prime coat, provision of asphaltic binder and wearing courses.
It could be recalled that Ganduje was enmeshed in the bribe-taking scandal after an online newspaper published series of videos, showing him collecting bribes in foreign currency, which earned him a nickname of Gondollar among the national social media circle.
However, a probe into the scandal initiated by the Kano State House of Assembly was halted by a high court of Kano State at the instance of the governor.
The scandal would become a subject of gubernatorial campaign election debate in far away, Edo State recently, which the incumbent Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki of People Democratic Party won against Pastor Ize-Iyamu of the All Progressive Party (APC). Ganduje headed the election bid of the latter.