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National Constitutional Conference
United Nigeria Congress Party
NTA Zone D
Peoples' Democratic Party
Secretary of the Board of Trustees
National Agricultural Foundation of Nigeria
Chairman, Board of Trustees
State's Pilgrims Board
Member of the Ruling People's Democratic Party and Chairman
Niger State Pilgrims Welfare Board
Member of Board of Trustees
University of Jos
Ms Hannatu Chollom
Building and Civil Engineering
field of education
Alhaji Abdullahi Adamu, a former governor of Nasarawa State and now a senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, is the man behind Nagari Integrated Dairy Farm.
EFCC believes that the politician and businessman was one of the fronts of the immediate past Nasarawa State Governor, Alhaji Abdulahi Adamu whom it arraigned on Wednesday this week, for allegedly looting the treasury while in office.
The allegations against him and former Governor Adamu are quite weighty: According to the EFCC, Ukachukwu is the chairman of Snecou Group of Companies through which billions of Naira belonging to the state was stolen. Organisations in the group include: Henry & Nick Associates Company Ltd, Prince & Princess Property Ltd, Riok International Ltd, and Niccus Industries Ltd. For example, a contract of N1,147,770,370 for various projects was said to have been awarded to Niccus Industries Ltd. without due process. Alhaji Adamu ordered the immediate payment for the contract which include the construction of Administrative and Engineering blocks at the Nasarawa Polytechnic; provision of floodlight, electronic scoreboard, extension of Very Important Personality (VIP) stand, a standby generator and Generator House at the Lafia Stadium for about N299 million. EFCC investigators, however, found out that the generator House was neither built nor a generator bought. Again, the extension of the VIP stand was discovered not to be more than 10 metres, yet Ukachukwu was paid N200 million upfront for it. Another controversial contract that he got, according to the EFCC, was the one for the construction of the Nasarawa State liaison office in Abuja which was awarded to Messrs Henry & Nick Ltd in 2005 for N2 billion (N2,151,680,359). The contract was funded by the state government via an Irrevocable Standing Order (ISO). The former governor solely instructed the payment to be effected even at the preliminary stage when it was abandoned in 2007. Sometime in 2002, Adamu also gave Henry & Nick Associates contract for the construction of and equipping of a soap factory in Akwanga for N420 million. The were more finding against Adamu and Ukachukwu by the EFCC: A contract for the equipping of three hospitals in three senatorial districts of the state was awarded to Prince & Princess Properties for N1.5 billion.
Alhaji Abdullahi Adamu, the Governor of Nasarawa State, I am reliably informed, has personally attended to his creature comfort including sending him meals from Government House and detailing a physician to look after him, especially as he has a long history of backache.
Even then a gilded cage is still a cage. Two months after his deposition, it is time he is allowed his freedom to rejoin his family and friends. And the responsibility for this lies fully and squarely with the government of Kebbi State.
Others like Malam Lawal Batagrawa, former minister, former special adviser to the president and lately chairman of the Nigerian Railway, and Alhaji Abdullahi Adamu, the Governor of Nasarawa State, have consistently dismissed the speculations as just that - speculations.
The question becomes even more pertinent when one recalls that all these years those widely speculated as possible successors to Obasanjo were Alhaji Abdullahi Adamu, the governor of Nassarawa, Alhaji Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi of Kaduna and Alhaji Adamu Muazu of Bauchi, in that order.