Posted on Mon 13 Nov 2017, 09:52 AM

Following the news that had made the rounds on social media that the Ministry of Mins and Steel Development spent N700 million to create a website for the sector, the Ministry has reacted, expressing concern over the stories.

In a statement on Sunday, the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Alhaji Mohammed Abbas said that what the ministry acquired with the money was an integrated IT infrastructure comprising two Data Centres, and an offsite recovery centre.

He also said that civil, environmental works and running of the centres till the end of first quarter of 2018, training of over 225 officials locally and internationally amongst others, were part of the entire cost for the programme.

”It is indeed disingenuous of anyone to reinvent and reduce all of these into an expenditure on a website ,”

“In realising aspects of this project as a turnkey solution, we have been careful to follow all laid down processes, since the cost of implementing the project is above ministerial limits.

“We sought and obtained the concurrence of the Federal Executive Council after a detailed presentation in January 2017.

” In the course of the project, we have emphasised the need for stakeholders’ interface, which included a facility inspection tour for reporters and journalists who cover the sector.

“We have no reason to commit public resources to projects that will not advance the course of repositioning our sector; we believe that we did everything to intimate the general public about our activities in this respect.”

“We want to assure all Nigerians that we do not take lightly the confidence reposed in us or in our government nor will we do anything to undermine our reputation under whatever guise.

 

By Joseph Odeh

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