BY MIDAT JOSEPH, Kaduna
The former Chairman of the Board of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Alhaji Ahmed Tijani Ramalan yesterday responded to accusation leveled against him by Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna.
Governor el-Rufai had raised accusations of contract scam in response to a letter written to him by Kaduna Restoration Group chaired by the former NIMASA boss.
The former NIMASA boss, also responded to the issue of Digitalisation of the Kaduna State Media Corporation (KSMC), His Resignation as Chairman of KADFAMA Board, Renovation of KADFAMA head office Awarded to his Son’s Company and Contract of Communication equipment by Atar Communications.
Talking about the Digitalization of the Kaduna State Media Corporation (KSMC) awarded to his company, Atar Communication Nigeria Limited, the former NIMASA boss said “the concept of Digitalization of KSMC started in 2007 during the era of Governor Namadi Sambo. However, the contract for consultancy was duly awarded to ATAR Communications Nigeria Limited during the tenure of Late Mr. Patrick Yakowa after all due process compliance including the State Assembly ratification in its sitting of 19th October, 2011 and that of the State Executive Council in its sitting of 25th May, 2011. The approval was conveyed to ATAR Communications Nigeria Limited through an award letter signed by the then Commissioner of Information (Alh. Saidu Adamu) dated 26thMay, 2011.”
According to him, the scope of work as contained in the signed agreement was assessment and Technical Evaluation visits to KSMC sites, feasibility studies, production of Designs and Bill of Quantities, Project Supervision, Monitoring, Evaluation and Certificate of all Installations, building construction supervision with State Ministry of Works, factory Pre-inspection of Equipment visit in China and customs clearing and forward of Containers to Kaduna KSMC Site.
On the issue of conflict of interest as raised by the governor, Tijani Ramalan said the accusation on the issue of conflict of interest where ATAR Communications Nigeria Limited can be a Consultant to the KSMC digitalization is in bad faith by the Kaduna State Government.
He said, the concept of the consultancy project started in 2007 and signed in 2011 while the Liberty Television came on board in 2014 and is still offering services to the Kaduna State Government and Nigeria at large.
He said, the issue of his resignation as KADFAMA Chairman in December, 2016 was based on the fact that there was undue interference of the activities of the Board and the running of the agency by the Adviser to the Governor on Investment, Mr. Jimi Lawal.
According to him, the board was not left to be independent of itself but teleguided by the Special Adviser in question.