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₦56 Million Was Budgeted For Classrooms In Non-Existent School in Akwa Ibom by dre11(m): 9:06am On Jun 04
How N56 million was budgeted to construct classrooms in non-existent Akwa Ibom school

A project for the construction of a classroom block in Akwa Ibom has 'gulped' N56 million in three years. However, the project is nowhere to be found, a Premium Times investigation shows.


For three consecutive years, Michael Okon Enyong, the lawmaker representing Ibesikpo Asutan/Nsit Arai/Uruan/Uyo Federal Constituency of Akwa Ibom State, nominated the construction of a three-classroom block for a sum of N56 million in a school, which a PREMIUM TIMES investigation has found not to be in existence.

In 2018, N30 million was budgeted for the construction of the phantom classroom block at Community Secondary School, Oku, Uyo. In 2019 and 2020, N13 million was allotted each year for the construction of the block in the same school.

PREMIUM TIMES cannot ascertain if funds budgeted for the project were released and to whom.

The project was originally assigned to the Council of Nigerian Mining Engineers and Geoscience (COMEG). Then in 2019 and 2020, it was assigned to the Federal College of Veterinary and Medical Laboratory technology, in Vom, Plateau State, under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development.


Project not found; school non-existent

A visit by Premium Times to Oku Uyo in Akwa Ibom State, revealed that neither the school nor the block of classrooms exists. Oku is one of the four clans in Uyo Local Government Area and spans 14 villages and residents of the community told this reporter that no school with such a name exists in the area.

“I am from this clan and I grow (sic) up here. I have never seen that kind of name of school in Uyo,” said Akpan Nsikak, a resident.

This reporter visited other government secondary schools in the local government in his quest to locate the school.

“This is Four Towns and not the school you are looking for. I’ve never heard of it. We don’t have any project of that kind here. You can check the school at Ikot Okubo,” Aniedi Essien, principal of Community Comprehensive Secondary School, Four Towns Uyo, told this reporter.

“This place is Offot and not Oku,” a female teacher adds. “The only government secondary school in that Oku is the CCC Girls’ School in Afaha Oku (Cornelia Connelly College), the other ones are primary schools.”

The school, Community Secondary School Oku Uyo, was also missing on the list of government secondary schools in Uyo Local Government Area, provided by the Akwa Ibom State Secondary Education Board.

Govt. Primary School, one of the three primary schools in Oku Uyo Clan. There exists no secondary school

If it was released in full, the N56 million allocated to the phantom school would have gone a long way towards solving Akwa Ibom educational problems.

The state lags behind most states in the country in educational development. A 2019 report by the Federal Ministry of Education, ranked Akwa Ibom as one of the states with the highest out-of-school children with 581,800 children, only behind Kano State.

The report jointly prepared by the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), National Population Commission, and the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) pegged the total number of out-of-school children in Nigeria at 10,193,918.



List of Govt. secondary schools in Uyo

The construction of the classroom blocks, had it been assigned to a real school, would have supplemented crumbling infrastructure and reduced overcrowding in classrooms, which are common features of public schools in the state, according to a PREMIUM TIMES report.

A 2020 PREMIUM TIMES investigation revealed how constituency projects in Kwara Central were filling the infrastructural gaps in public school education created by poor funding, following the inability of the state government to access the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) funding.



Project outside purview of ‘implementing agencies’

Another curious observation in the allocation of the N56 million was that the project was placed under the supervision of agencies that have zero correlation or proximity to the school.

Situated in Vom, Jos, the Plateau State capital, the Federal College of Veterinary & Medical Laboratory Technology specialises in the training of middle-level manpower in the diagnosis of human and animal diseases, to become medical laboratory scientists, technicians, and assistants.

The Council of Nigerian Mining Engineers and Geoscience (COMEG) is the regulatory body for all professionals in the fields of geosciences, mining engineering, and metallurgy and firms in the extractive in Nigeria. It was established in September 2000.

Both institutions have no direct relationship with Akwa Ibom State nor secondary education.

Both institutions did not reply to requests sent to them for comments about the project such as the amount disbursed and the identities of the contractors the project was allocated to.
Hon. Micheal Okon Enyong


More questions as lawmaker reacts

When contacted at the constituency office in Uyo, Anny Michaels, media aide to Mr Enyong, said he was not aware of the project but promised to reach the Senator’s office in Abuja to confirm and revert.

A few days later, Mr Michaels called to say no such project was facilitated by the Senator.

“I got a response from the office in Abuja. They said there is no project like that in Community Secondary School Uyo. I just spoke with the senator’s legislative aide. He has checked and said there is none,” Mr Michaels said.

“In fact, there is no school like that in Uyo. I have also asked a colleague here who is from Uyo and he confirmed that the only schools in Oku are the CCC School and the Primary School Ikot Ntuen Oku.”
https://www.premiumtimesng.com/regional/south-south-regional/465478-how-n56-million-was-budgeted-to-construct-classrooms-in-non-existent-akwa-ibom-school.html

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Re: ₦56 Million Was Budgeted For Classrooms In Non-Existent School in Akwa Ibom by 10mobile: 9:08am On Jun 04
Dylan23:
Why I'd it that topics gets spooky whenever it comes to SouthSouth states. Why?
Give up your victim mindset. Take care of your mental health.

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Re: ₦56 Million Was Budgeted For Classrooms In Non-Existent School in Akwa Ibom by realstars: 9:14am On Jun 04
Is The Money Going To The Ghost School Or The School Of Ghost Full Of Invisible Student And Techers?

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Re: ₦56 Million Was Budgeted For Classrooms In Non-Existent School in Akwa Ibom by InaNla(f): 9:17am On Jun 04
LOOTOCRACY!

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Re: ₦56 Million Was Budgeted For Classrooms In Non-Existent School in Akwa Ibom by Iyiataata92: 9:17am On Jun 04
Hey!!
Re: ₦56 Million Was Budgeted For Classrooms In Non-Existent School in Akwa Ibom by Kandeed: 9:18am On Jun 04
#The Insecurity won't stop anytime soon

#The Hardship would still continue and increase

#The worse suffering haven't started yet

# Nigerians Sooner than later you'd be scared to come
out of ur gate

#The death ur running from can meet you on the road or
while travelling

#Fulani kidnappers would not hear Abeg

#Nigerians you can change this Evil going on

#Come out enmass and protest June 12th, don't give fear
a chance

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Re: ₦56 Million Was Budgeted For Classrooms In Non-Existent School in Akwa Ibom by sapientia(m): 9:30am On Jun 04
The confusion in Nigeria breaks bones

It's not even about the stealing for me

They don't even know how it happened

They don't know who should be held responsible

They don't know how to trace where the money was paid to

And this is one out of many in a state

Same happens in federal only it's in hundreds of millions and billions or preferably, houses filled with dolllars

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Re: ₦56 Million Was Budgeted For Classrooms In Non-Existent School in Akwa Ibom by Maxymilliano(m): 9:31am On Jun 04
Project not found; school non-existent
If it was released in full, the N56 million allocated to the phantom school would have gone a long way towards solving Akwa Ibom educational problems..


Monetary allocation for constituency projects is paid to supervisory ministries, and not directly to elected representatives. Lawmakers only recommend and seek approvals on prioritize community projects.

This clearly exposed lack of due diligence on whatever ministry saddled with the supervision of this particular projects, or how else can one explain the released of monies for 3 consecutive years for a non existing projects.

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Re: ₦56 Million Was Budgeted For Classrooms In Non-Existent School in Akwa Ibom by DMechyy: 9:46am On Jun 04
Devil is shocked
Re: ₦56 Million Was Budgeted For Classrooms In Non-Existent School in Akwa Ibom by Xiaomi1(m): 9:46am On Jun 04
Ok
Re: ₦56 Million Was Budgeted For Classrooms In Non-Existent School in Akwa Ibom by NaijaOlosho(f): 9:47am On Jun 04
grin
Re: ₦56 Million Was Budgeted For Classrooms In Non-Existent School in Akwa Ibom by egenma(f): 9:47am On Jun 04
this is what happens in a black mans world. that money would have yielded something productive in the life's of the masses

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Re: ₦56 Million Was Budgeted For Classrooms In Non-Existent School in Akwa Ibom by Omofloflo: 9:47am On Jun 04
Nigeria my country... corruption everywhere. I wonder if there is any country in the whole world that is more corrupt than Nigeria..
Re: ₦56 Million Was Budgeted For Classrooms In Non-Existent School in Akwa Ibom by Ihatemen(f): 9:47am On Jun 04
I hate men

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Re: ₦56 Million Was Budgeted For Classrooms In Non-Existent School in Akwa Ibom by PhenomenalAustin: 9:48am On Jun 04
Na wa ooo

I no dy even check news sites for good things again... I dy always expect to dy see killings, kidnappings, herdsmen, hardship, inflation...


But na God go punish Osinbade for keeping quiet in face of all these issues

angry...


Pastor oshi sad
Re: ₦56 Million Was Budgeted For Classrooms In Non-Existent School in Akwa Ibom by Grace001: 9:48am On Jun 04
Next please...

Because this case/matter is going to be sweet under the carpet soon.
Re: ₦56 Million Was Budgeted For Classrooms In Non-Existent School in Akwa Ibom by dele1727: 9:48am On Jun 04
Buhari has caused this tooo


grin grin grin

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Re: ₦56 Million Was Budgeted For Classrooms In Non-Existent School in Akwa Ibom by Vyzz: 9:48am On Jun 04
cool
Re: ₦56 Million Was Budgeted For Classrooms In Non-Existent School in Akwa Ibom by cjudy(m): 9:48am On Jun 04
sad

Seems some people are just waking up to see what's happening in this country.

Well, nothing shock me anymore. Have seen Tiger and Lion, Goat and Cow, Chicken and Duck making love all because of love of money.

Our leaders doesn't care about us, they cared all about their immediate family and love ones.

They're ready to dry this country and at the end of the day, same poor people they're drying will still come out to fight and defend them both here and there just because you're being handed peanut.

God will Judge all supporters of looters and killers in this country.

#endswat. They're turning to something else in Asaba.
Re: ₦56 Million Was Budgeted For Classrooms In Non-Existent School in Akwa Ibom by Yeeyo: 9:48am On Jun 04
That's the culture and attitude of Nigerian leaders.
Re: ₦56 Million Was Budgeted For Classrooms In Non-Existent School in Akwa Ibom by AdeOri99: 9:48am On Jun 04
Na so.
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Re: ₦56 Million Was Budgeted For Classrooms In Non-Existent School in Akwa Ibom by Babitee1: 9:49am On Jun 04
Chai chai chai. There is God ooo�
Re: ₦56 Million Was Budgeted For Classrooms In Non-Existent School in Akwa Ibom by kevoh(m): 9:50am On Jun 04
Akwa Ibom people, this is the time to demand for the heads of the thieves that embezzled this money! Buhari is not the only problem of Nigeria, even at the state level we need to start making it unbearable for these thieves!

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Re: ₦56 Million Was Budgeted For Classrooms In Non-Existent School in Akwa Ibom by CatANDratTHEORY: 9:51am On Jun 04
It can only happen in UAR.

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