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Okowa Government, House Of Assembly In A Multi-Billion Naira Scandal by Shehuyinka: 9:47am On Dec 03, 2021
Although Delta state government officials denied complicity in financial irregularities, and extra-budgetary spending in Delta, this report by Markson ISAAC, unearths a reckless spree of misappropriation of funds, financial infractions, among other corrupt acts.

THE Delta State Auditor-General’s annual report released on December 31, 2020, has revealed wanton lopsided expenditures, disregard for financial regulations amid other irregularities by Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) of the state.

Office of the Secretary to State Government fails to account for N278.5M

A study of the report reveals how the Office of the Secretary to the State Government (OSSG) could not account for N278.5m spent in the 2019 fiscal year. Careful analysis of the report as captured in annexure 111 showed how Festus Ovie Agas and Chiedu Ebie as Secretaries to the Delta state government respectively were queried for sixteen payments, amounting to N278.5 million.

Chiedu Ebie and Permanent Secretary, OSSG, Austin Oghoro, also spent N3.361m on training but could not provide evidence of the spending.

Reacting to the allegation, Ebie absolved himself of any wrongdoing adding that he was not the only one that occupied the position in 2019. Ebie took over from the present Chief of Staff to the Governor, Festus Ovie Agas, in July 2019.

Despite not having any budget line, the N3.361m queried in the report was paid to the Special Assistant to the Governor, Emuoboh Gbagi, for training on December 31, 2019, Ebie disclosed.

The fund was approved and paid to Gbagi when Ebie was at the helms of affairs in 2019.

“I was appointed in July, and the SSG office covers every area. So the ‘vote of charge’ are accessed by very many appointees, and the fact that it is domiciled in the SSG’s office does not mean that it was the SSG that committed such offence.

“After approvals or payment has been given to them, the onus rest on them to do the necessary retirements, as such that cannot be held against the SSG,” he said

Ebie added that ‘financial window dressing’ was done in the audit office for almost all the MDAs after the audit report indicted them, especially for those domiciled in the SSG’s office.

“When the audit report came out, there were red flags. The office of the Director of Finance and Accounts, DFA in the SSG’s office reached out to those concerned and I think those red flags raised in the audit report were resolved.”

Furthermore, Ebie said it is usual practice for the OSSG through the ‘vote of charge’ domiciled in the OSSG to give approval to people-oriented programs proposed by political appointees within the SSG’s approval limit. He argued that if such an appointee cannot account for funds approved for any program, it should not be recorded against the office of the secretary to the state government but the concerned person or his/her office.

He later disclosed that the vouchers that the red flags in the audit report have been regularized.

Meanwhile, the youth special adviser, Gbagi, denied collecting any funds from the OSSG for training in 2019 as captured in the report.

Gbagi claimed the only fund he accessed through the vote of charge of the OSSG (SSG/2684/19) in 2019 was furniture allowance.

In the same vein, the report also indicted the Delta State House of Assembly (DSHA). The clerk of the Assembly, Mrs. Lyna Ocholor, bought unspecified gift items worth N48.9million. The fund was paid with payment voucher number DTHA/1231/2019.

Ocholor was also queried for the furnishing of a press centre at the cost of N37.5m and could not provide receipts and audit certificate for the last tranche of vehicles, amounting to N303m out of the N1.4bn approved for the purchase of official cars for members of the House of Assembly.

The reporter contacted the clerk for comment, and she asked for a meeting in her office on October 18.

In between these times, it was observed that the leadership of the Assembly began a swift race to harmonize interests between the Office of the Auditor-General and the Assembly’s leadership.

https://www.icirnigeria.org/investigation-gov-okowa-government-house-of-assembly-in-a-multi-billion-naira-scandal-part-1/

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Re: Okowa Government, House Of Assembly In A Multi-Billion Naira Scandal by ABANGWABOI(m): 10:32am On Dec 03, 2021
FTC for the first time since being anonymous for over a decade and later creating an account..

I dedicate this FTC to all Arsenal fans..
We would do well and qualify for the Champions league at the end of the season..

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Re: Okowa Government, House Of Assembly In A Multi-Billion Naira Scandal by Ethanuella: 10:33am On Dec 03, 2021
Such reckless spending with taxpayers monies.
There's no genuine politician in Nigeria. Everyone is all about enriching their pockets.

Spits!

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Re: Okowa Government, House Of Assembly In A Multi-Billion Naira Scandal by money121(m): 10:34am On Dec 03, 2021
Ok

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Re: Okowa Government, House Of Assembly In A Multi-Billion Naira Scandal by mcmukoko12(m): 10:35am On Dec 03, 2021
ok o
Re: Okowa Government, House Of Assembly In A Multi-Billion Naira Scandal by ForeThinker: 10:35am On Dec 03, 2021
cheesy
Re: Okowa Government, House Of Assembly In A Multi-Billion Naira Scandal by ForeThinker: 10:36am On Dec 03, 2021
Hold your governor accountable before dragging Buhari

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Re: Okowa Government, House Of Assembly In A Multi-Billion Naira Scandal by Risx(m): 10:36am On Dec 03, 2021
Ok
Re: Okowa Government, House Of Assembly In A Multi-Billion Naira Scandal by ntrukpum(m): 10:36am On Dec 03, 2021
money121:
Ok
Good morning sir, please don't be offended, you are not responding to my messages.
Re: Okowa Government, House Of Assembly In A Multi-Billion Naira Scandal by DrizzyJeri: 10:36am On Dec 03, 2021
Damn niggar...

in memory of.. you know who

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Re: Okowa Government, House Of Assembly In A Multi-Billion Naira Scandal by chloride6: 10:37am On Dec 03, 2021
APC I see you and raise you Kogi and Ogun .

Nonsense..
Re: Okowa Government, House Of Assembly In A Multi-Billion Naira Scandal by totosucker(m): 10:39am On Dec 03, 2021
No concrete evidence. Boji Boji journalism at work. Opposition just wants to rubbish this man's good works and effort.

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Re: Okowa Government, House Of Assembly In A Multi-Billion Naira Scandal by williaam(m): 10:39am On Dec 03, 2021
Political scavenger everywhere in naija, guess it's too late for this country to make a turn, because corruption seem to be the norm now

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Re: Okowa Government, House Of Assembly In A Multi-Billion Naira Scandal by money121(m): 10:40am On Dec 03, 2021
ntrukpum:

Good morning sir, please don't be offended, you are not responding to my messages.
Sir should we just cancel this Allowance?
Maybe i shuld pick someone else
I called it monthly allowance today is 3rd 0f dec. Why are u disturbing urself for God sake?
I av more than 15 beneficiary that av been giving dis monthly
So stop disturbing urself u will gt dis month paymemt
U did samething last month
I don't like it...plsss

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Re: Okowa Government, House Of Assembly In A Multi-Billion Naira Scandal by ikaboy: 10:40am On Dec 03, 2021
too bad
Re: Okowa Government, House Of Assembly In A Multi-Billion Naira Scandal by ntrukpum(m): 10:42am On Dec 03, 2021
money121:

Sir should we just cancel this Allowance?
Maybe i shuld pick someone else
I called it monthly allowance today is 3rd 0f dec. Why are u disturbing urself for God sake?
I av more than 15 beneficiary that av been giving dis monthly
So stop disturbing urself u will gt dis month paymemt
U did samething last month
I don't like it...plsss
Am sorry sir, please don't be offended.

Re: Okowa Government, House Of Assembly In A Multi-Billion Naira Scandal by Odidigboigbo(m): 10:44am On Dec 03, 2021
Good one but is more political than factual. since Chiedu Ebie has been eyeing the office of the Deputy governor of the state, Okowa is not happy with him. This has cost him and that of his friends/political ally, David Evdevie their job.
Re: Okowa Government, House Of Assembly In A Multi-Billion Naira Scandal by Mopolchi: 10:45am On Dec 03, 2021
Na today? Na dia oyel MONEY, it's meant for squandering tongue
Re: Okowa Government, House Of Assembly In A Multi-Billion Naira Scandal by ntrukpum(m): 10:45am On Dec 03, 2021
money121:

Sir should we just cancel this Allowance?
Maybe i shuld pick someone else
I called it monthly allowance today is 3rd 0f dec. Why are u disturbing urself for God sake?
I av more than 15 beneficiary that av been giving dis monthly
So stop disturbing urself u will gt dis month paymemt
U did samething last month
I don't like it...plsss

Please am sorry. Don't be offended!
Re: Okowa Government, House Of Assembly In A Multi-Billion Naira Scandal by Lordburna2(m): 10:47am On Dec 03, 2021
Delta State is in the hands of cabals. Trust me on that.

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Re: Okowa Government, House Of Assembly In A Multi-Billion Naira Scandal by ReubenE(m): 10:47am On Dec 03, 2021
Okowa's government is among the worst in our history.

Eight years of nothingness

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Re: Okowa Government, House Of Assembly In A Multi-Billion Naira Scandal by kenzysmith(m): 10:48am On Dec 03, 2021
My dad is among delta assembly so they shared billions and this man no feel reason like 5m still they give me 20k per month. Why delta men be like this papa u no dey try make effc collect d money bck cause me as he son no dey see am.

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Re: Okowa Government, House Of Assembly In A Multi-Billion Naira Scandal by Cantonese: 10:54am On Dec 03, 2021
Delta state.

There is no reason why Delta state should not do better than it does, except for corruption. The state is held in the jugular by all politicians across party lines. And funnily the citizens do not appear to mind, as long as there is food on the table.

Cost of living in Asaba, the state capital seems higher than Abuja. Hopefully something can be done to make that beautiful state get better.

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Re: Okowa Government, House Of Assembly In A Multi-Billion Naira Scandal by Finewarriboy: 10:58am On Dec 03, 2021
ReubenE:
Okowa's government is among the worst in our history.

Eight years of nothingness
Big lie... Okowa is the best governor in Nigeria... I am an Urhobo Boy in Delta State so i know what i say.
Re: Okowa Government, House Of Assembly In A Multi-Billion Naira Scandal by Zainabthegirl1(f): 11:02am On Dec 03, 2021
Hmmm
Re: Okowa Government, House Of Assembly In A Multi-Billion Naira Scandal by ReubenE(m): 11:04am On Dec 03, 2021
Finewarriboy:
Big lie... Okowa is the best governor in Nigeria... I am an Urhobo Boy in Delta State so i know what i say.

Well, I'm from Delta State too so I equally know what I am saying.

Buhari's government is good to Femi adesina, but that doesn't make Buhari a good president

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Re: Okowa Government, House Of Assembly In A Multi-Billion Naira Scandal by Finewarriboy: 11:13am On Dec 03, 2021
ReubenE:


Well, I'm from Delta State too so I equally know what I am saying.

Buhari's government is good to Femi adesina, but that doesn't make Buhari a good president
Abeg gerrat... With ur bitter mind against man wey nor know u
Re: Okowa Government, House Of Assembly In A Multi-Billion Naira Scandal by efighter: 11:14am On Dec 03, 2021
The heartless terrorist hiding inside the Rock will use them to shine. He will his herdsmen in EFCC after them now while his jobless son with no future ambition is still riding 50M power bike.

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Re: Okowa Government, House Of Assembly In A Multi-Billion Naira Scandal by ReubenE(m): 11:19am On Dec 03, 2021
Finewarriboy:
Abeg gerrat... With ur bitter mind against man wey nor know u

Some of you don't have any sense of decorum.

Why are you insulting me for airing my opinion in a public forum?

Does Okowa know you?

If writing constructively is a big task for you, don't ever engage me again. I never even asked for your opinion.

If Okowa's government is a good one, don't you think the onus is on you to state it for others to learn? This very post, is it not about massive corruption in the government you're holding brief for?

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Re: Okowa Government, House Of Assembly In A Multi-Billion Naira Scandal by airsaylongcome: 11:25am On Dec 03, 2021
Finewarriboy:
Abeg gerrat... With ur bitter mind against man wey nor know u

Na the small Table leftover over you dey see chop na hin let you sell your birth right dey talk say Okowa government good?

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