The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has come under fire on social media after a memo containing the approval of N30 million for the construction of a mosque with taxpayers’ funds was leaked to the general public.
The Ministry of Agriculture is headed by Mohammed Nanono, who was appointed in 2019 by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The memo, titled, ‘Award of contract for the construction of Friday Mosque’ with reference number FMA/PROC/AHS/SIP/2020/7742/1 and dated December 10, 2020, showed that the contract was approved by the Ministerial Tenders Board.
The document was signed by the Deputy Director of Procurement, Musa Musa, on behalf of the minister, Mohammed Nanono.
Part of the memo read, “I am directed to inform you that the ministerial tenders board at its 7th meeting held on December 7, 2020, approved the award of contract for the construction of Friday mosque to your company at the total sum of N30m only, inclusive of VAT, with a completion period of eight weeks with effect from the date of this letter.
“You are therefore required to indicate in writing within three days of receipt of this offer, your acceptance to the office of the director, procurement, FMARD, Abuja or otherwise, the offer will be considered lapsed.”
However, the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has declined to make any official comment on the development.