Former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, may have hit it big with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), as his quantity surveying firm has landed a multi billion-naira contract with the apex bank.
El-Rufai joined critics of the Federal Government shortly after he left the economic team of Ex President Olusegun Obasanjo and his exit as FCT minister.
Sources hinted that the CBN which has disbursed over N163 Billion so far under the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) sub head, has concluded plans to build another events centre in Garki Abuja for a whooping sum of N84 Billion.
El-Rufai and Partners Limited, design cost associates based in Aminu Kano Crescent, Wuse 2, Abuja landed the design contract for the centre.
The professional fee for the firm stands at 6 per cent is about N5 Billion. Besides there is no evidence that due process was followed by the CBN in the award.
The total cost is a little over N94 Billion with about N10 Billion going into professional fees for surveyors, architects.
It is believed in some quarters that the CBN Governor has been capitalising on the liberal nature of the President to award contracts to his friends and cronies.
Said a source, “can you imagine Sanusi awarding contracts to his friends under a General Sani Abacha or even President Musa Yar’Adua?
“This is only happening simply because President Goodluck Jonathan is very liberal minded, he simply allows people to get away with a lot.”
Wikipedia captures El-Rufai and partners thus: Nasir established a Quantity Surveying and Project Management Consulting firm in 1982 with three other partners.
The firm was quite successful, handling mainly building and civil engineering projects in Nigeria, and made the partners wealthy millionaires while still in their twenties.
The centre, which will be where the old NITEL building was, would have malls, business centres, and sundry commercial and recreational concerns.
A South African firm demolished the old NITEL building. The Central Bank of Nigeria had in 2012 awarded a N9.5 Billion contract for the construction of a Conference Centre at the University of Jos’ permanent site.
There also indications that this firm got a large slice of the N64 Billion FCT city gate project that would have pedestrian bridges; the Northern axis would have conference rooms, parade ground, botanical garden, five star hotel and hospital among others.
Interestingly, there had been a link between CBN Governor, Lamido Sanusi and E-Rufai.
Aside from the fact that the body language and rhetoric of both men have not been anything complementary, they may soon be in-laws.
It was gathered that kid sister of El-Rufai may soon be Mrs Lamido Sanusi as preparations are on for the Nikai which comes up soon in Daudawa, Faskari Local Government area of Katsina state .
Within two years, Sanusi whose donations is well above $1 Billion, has doled out N15 billion to only four educational institutions, and the figure could even be more.
The latest is the N10 billion donated to Uthman Danfodio University, UDU, Sokoto, through Kabiru Nuhu, deputy director, Projects, Planning and Implementation Division, Procurement and Support Services Department, of CBN.
According to Nuhu, the intervention, which was part of CBN’s corporate social responsibility, CSR, for 2013, was aimed at building capacity, manpower and infrastructure in the university, with a view to making the Nigerian economy at par with top economies in the world.
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