- A pro-transparency group, BudgIT, has located the 100 computers purchased by the Gombe state government
- The sum of N100m was allocated in the 2019 budget for the supply of 100 computers in Filya area of Gombe state
- The disclosure has sparked criticism on social media as many Nigerians wondered why a state would spend N1m to procure each computer
The Gombe state government has procured 100 computers at the cost of N100m, TrackaNG, a project initiated by the pro-transparency group, BudgIT, that tracks the performance of government budgets has disclosed.
TrackaNG in a tweet on Monday, February 17, disclosed that it had tracked the delivery of the computers in Filya area of Gombe state. It said the sum of N100m was allocated in the 2019 budget for the supply of the 100 computers.
“N100m was allocated in the 2019 budget for the supply of 100 computers in Filya, Gombe state. We tracked, and report the computers has been delivered. #GetInvolved, TrackaNG tweeted.
However, the disclosure by TrackaNG sparked a debate on social media as many Nigerians wondered why a state would spend N1m to procure each computer.
Read some reactions to the issue below:
@kenterprenuer tweeted: Are these mainframe computers? Is the OS from outer space? I don’t understand how N100m can be allocated to procure 100 computers.
Another user @Mezon4 tweeted: Blood of Zachariah . 1MNaira per one? Can someone show me who got this contract, I want to ask him something please. "Am sweating"
@obhiowu on his part accused the government of supporting corruption.
"We are the ones encouraging corruption by ourselves. A computer cost a million naira which was approved by @MBuhariand yet we want thievings and corruption to end in Nigeria when it signed into law through budgets? The user said.
Meanwhile, during the passing out parade of 281 inspector cadets of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Kaduna on Tuesday, February 18, President Muhammadu Buhari made some promises as his administration continues to battle corruption in Nigeria.
President Buhari, in his speech at the ceremony, said that his government will not relent in making sure that Nigeria remains inhabitable for corrupt persons, The Nation reports.
He made it clear that the federal government is achieving this by making all its financial activities as transparent as possible while discouraging secret criminal deals in public offices through open screening.
The president said that with the untiring efforts of the EFCC, the country is gaining the upper hand over corruption and that this is becoming more obvious to the international community, which is why, according to him, Nigeria is regaining her global reputation.
The president stated that the country achieved these feats partly by its high number of asset recovery cases.
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