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Deputy Speaker, Yusuff, in N1.1bn water contract scam

In flagrant disregard for the Code of Conduct for public officers and the Public Procurement Act, the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Lasun Yusuff, an engineer, has been found to be using his personal company to win contracts amounting to about N1.1 billion from the Federal Government through the Ministry of Water Resources.

After more than four months’ budget tracking investigations, New Telegraph gathered that in 2012, Lasun, during his first term in the House, used his personal company – Nur & Company Nigeria limited, to bid and win two mini-water schemes in Osun State, as advertised on behalf of the ministry by the Ogun- Osun River Basin Development Authority.

The contracts, which are part of the National Assembly’s Zonal Intervention Projects (ZIP), otherwise known as “constituency projects,” were parts of the joint projects attracted to the state by 12 members of the National Assembly from Osun State, who had been elected to the two chambers between 2011 and 2015, on the platform of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), one of the legacy parties of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Hon. Lasun, who represents Irepodun/Orolu/ Olorunda/Osogbo Federal Constituency, and who was then the Deputy Chairman of the House Committee on Water Resources, had allegedly used his position to bid and win the contract without the knowledge of his colleagues.

New Telegraph, May 24, 2018

 

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