Jonathan`s COS, Oghiadomen Acquire N1.3bn House in Abuja
Many Nigerians are of the opinion that President Jonathan had moved to rid Nigeria of corruption and restore credibility to the polity, but our checks reveal that right under his nose his aides; particularly his Chief of Staff, Chief Mike Oghiadomen is neck deep in corruption. The Edo born, Chief Mike Oghiadomen, like a leopard that never changes it spots, is engaged in graft. As he has acquired a house worth N1.3bn on Aso Drive in Asokoro, Abuja. Attempts to reach Oghiadomen to explain the source of the money with which he bought the house, was unsuccessful.
As chief of staff, he is the 'go to guy' and everything must go through him. According to sources within government, Oghiadomen has become the Andy Uba of Jonathan`s administration. Corrupt officials, past and present, who have cases to answer, now swarm Oghiadomhen`s home and office to make their graft cases go way in exchange for money.
Recall that Oghiadomen served as deputy to thieving governor, Lucky Igbinedion in Edo State. The duo for eight years bled the state, and money meant for development was siphoned to private bank accounts.
While Lucky Igbinedion who was convicted for graft, purchased palatial houses in South Africa , London and Massachusetts , primitive Oghiadomhen kept it local, by forcefully acquiring land measuring 5x5 square miles from Azukhala Ekpen Community in Etsako Central Local Government Area of Edo state, then used armed soldiers to harass and scare villagers away from their farm land, thus depriving many villagers, who hitherto, had used the land for farming, their source of livelihood.
Besides Oghiadomhen, other aides of President Jonathan are also involved in graft, chief amongst them is, Chief Akachukwu Nwakpor, Senior Special Assistant on Special Projects, who allegedly masterminded the award of contracts to his brother, Ernest Obijezii, the chairman of Nestoil Plc without due process.
Excerpt of a letter from an NNPC whistle blower to President Jonathan reads:
'It was clear that contrary to what NGC stated, it is wrong to ask for only one contractor to submit a bid of this type. It would have taken the same time to evaluate bids of three contractors that are known to NGC to be fully qualified for this scope (NGC has a data base of good contractors) to get the best value for money. There are clearly more qualified indigenous contractors that are available and if included, would have brought the required competition and value to NNPC'.
2.' The choice of NESTOIL PLC based on 'who has proven track record of similar project and currently mobilized in the area' is FALSE! The following is the correct situation':
i. 'NESTOIL PLC has never built any gas pipeline and has no experience of building any gas pipeline'.
ii. 'The pipeline that NESTOIL PLC is currently building for SPDC is an oil pipeline which was awarded in 2007 and was due to be completed in Q1 2009 at a cost of $100,000,000.00. as of today the pipeline is yet to be completed and the project has been varied to more than $230,000,000.00 and still rising in cost. BPP should investigate this (as it constitutes a massive fraud on its own)'.
iii. 'NESTOIL PLC is not mobilized in the area in any way. The only project they are executing at the moment (mentioned above) is in Bayelsa State (two states away and 300km from Abia State , where Alaoji Power station is located)'.
iv. 'There is no track record of gas pipeline delivery by NESTOIL PLC'.
v. 'And NGC on a routine check with SPDC got a damming report from the OIC, but was instructed by the same GED G&P (Mr. V. Mukoro) to 'Step it down' i.e bury it'.
3. 'Technically, this contract is flawed. The18-inch gas supply in question is to come off
the old 12-inch Imo River-Aba gas pipeline. This does not make any technical sense, viz:
i. '180inch line is being built to take gas from the existing 12-inch line. The 12-inch line is a low pressure (LP) line built in the 1960s to deliver gas to Aba industries (Aba Textile Mills , Nigerian Breweries, International Equitable Industries). This line is an LP line and is very old with suspect integrity'.
ii. 'The power station requires higher pressure to operate and the quantity of gas from the old line will not suffice for the requirement.
iii. This is clearly an attempt to deceive Mr. President that this project will make a difference for the power plant'.
4. 'The in-house cost estimate established by NNPC is clearly fraudulent. It is a known fact that this contract process was necessitated by a FAILED contract awarded by NGC under MR. CHRIS OGIEMWONYI in 2006 to an unknown company called TABA Nigeria Limited, TABA had no known experience of building any pipeline (not even a small water pipeline) and yet they were awarded two major projects by NGC, viz: GAS SUPPLY PROJECT TO ALAOJI AND GAS SUPPLY PROJECT TO PAPALANTO (totaling more than $65,000,000.00 and full mobilization payment made in addition to payment for materials). After 4years they failed woefully and the contracts were cancelled. This contract should also be investigated by the relevant authorities. It is known that the total scope of Alaoji gas supply project (of which this 'emergency project' in question is a small part of ) is made up of:
i. 24-inch x 25 km pipeline
ii. 18-inch x 4.5 km pipeline'.
'THE TOTAL PROJECT COST (INCLUDINE DETAILED ENGINEERING/DESIGN AND SUPPLY OF LINE PIPES AND METERING STATION) WAS ABOUT $30,000,000.00. THIS SECTION OF WORK BEING FRAUDULENT ARRANGED FOR NESTOIL PLC WAS ORIGINALLY MEANT TO COST ABOUT $4,000,000.00 (INCLUDING THE COST OF MATERIALS - LINE PIPES AND METERING STATION INCLUDED).
HOW COME THIS PROJECT IS BEING RECOMMENDED FOR AWARD AT $8,400,000.00 FOR ONLY CONSTRUCTION AND COMMISSION (ALL MATERIALS SUPPLIED BY NGC)!!!!'
'It is now clear that the only reason NESTOIL PLC was singled out for an 'arranged contract award' is to ensure that there is no completion that will bring value to NNPC. It is a known fact that the GED G & P is a sponsor of NESTOIL PLC and has consistently defied all rules and decorum to ensure that due process is not followed in the award, in order to make sure that it is awarded to NESTOIL PLC at an uncompetitive price, citing pressure from the presidency as his reasons'.
Also the boasting by Chairman of NESTOIL PLC that he is 'deep inside Presidency ' and that his brother, who is a Special Assistant to Mr. President (CHIEF AKACHUKWU NWANKPO), represents the president in all matters pertaining to GAS and POWER.