Abdul’Aziz Yari With The Billion Naira Boreholes.
Governor Yari served as Governor of Zamfara State between 2011 and 2018, during which time he was no stranger to allegations. At the peak of insecurity in the state (for which he notably resigned as Chief Security Officer), it was alleged that he moved to Abuja to safely govern the State while his people languished.
Between 2014–2018, he was also alleged to have breached the Public Procurement Act by doing business with companies not registered with the CAC. Granting contracts to at least 37 unregistered companies, some of which lacked even registered names. He is also alleged to have built a hotel with the $3 million Paris club refund.
At the end of his tenure, further allegations sprung up, that he had left behind a staggering debt profile of over ₦251.9 billion in his wake.
Keeping the ball rolling, Yari is currently facing allegations of awarding in 2018 — a bloated contract to the tune of ₦27.5 bn to the company — China Zhonghao Nigeria Limited. This commission was for all things, the construction and drilling of 84 solar powered boreholes in the 14 LGAs of Zamfara State.
Only, for a 2018 commission, this contract is giving us a weird feeling of deja vu that just won’t go away. Because we could have sworn it was first awarded in 2013.
Oh that’s right, it just might have been.
Documents have allegedly surfaced, confirming that a contract of the same scope and cost was awarded back in 2013; with the added kicker that the project was initially valued at ₦19.3 bn, only to be marked up to ₦27.5 bn at the point of its award to the China Zhonghao company.
Can we just add that Zamfara currently holds stead as the poorest state in Nigeria? Yari denies the allegations, but giving Nigeria’s track record, this whole debacle is about to be forgotten in 5, 4, 3 …