The Bureau of Computer and Information Technology in the office of the Osun State Governor is presently at the centre of a N 2.5 billion scam. A six-member panel set up by the Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola to look into the activities of the bureau uncovered the alleged fraud.
Street Journal’s investigations also showed that the Permanent Secretary of the Bureau has been indicted in the alleged fraud.
The money was reportedly spent by the bureau on ICT (Information and Communication Technology) projects between 2005 when the bureau was inaugurated and 2011.
The Chairman of the panel, Otunba Akin Doherty disclosed that the Bureau of Computer and Information Technology allegedly awarded ICT based projects valued at about N 2.5 billion under questionable circumstances.
The report of the panel’s findings also pointed in the direction that financial regulations were allegedly disregarded by Mr. Abiodun Oladapo, the bureau’s Permanent Secretary. The panel noted that the Permanent Secretary ensured that the projects were carried out by direct labour while official regulations were jettisoned.
The panel reported that a particular contract valued at N 837 million was split into 76 different units by the Permanent Secretary in a manner that suggested fraud. The panel observed that he did this to make sure that the contracts remained within his approval limit, which means he would not need to submit them to the scrutiny of higher authorities.
The Chairman of the panel submitted that the objective of the Government in setting up the bureau had not been met. Governor Aregbesola has promised to refer the panel’s report to those who will work on the white paper.