EXCLUSIVE: How Buhari’s Minister Awarded Multi-billion Naira Contracts To Self, Ex-Governor Tinubu, Others As Nigerian Communications Commission Executive

The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, awarded Value-Added Service contracts to himself, the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader and former Lagos State Governor, Bola Tinubu, amongst others.

SaharaReporters learnt that others who benefited from the doubtful contracts embrace the late Isa Funtua, a long-time political affiliate of President Muhammadu Buhari.

EXCLUSIVE: How Buhari’s Minister Awarded Multi-billion Naira Contracts To Self, Ex-Governor Tinubu, Others As Nigerian Communications Commission Executive 2

An investigation by SaharaReporters confirmed additional that Dare awarded the contracts when he was the Executive Commissioner (Stakeholder Management) of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).

Dare, a former spokesman for Tinubu, was appointed by Buhari because the South-West government commissioner of the NCC in 2016.

He was nonetheless changed with Adeleke Moronfolu Adewolu in 2019 because the President named him Minister of Sports and Youth Development.

Value-Added Service (VAS) is a time period utilized in telecommunications to explain non-core options, which historically are non-voice capabilities equivalent to video, knowledge and so forth.

Others awarded the multi-billion naira contracts by Dare included Umar Danbatta, Executive Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the NCC; Naomi Adenuga; Senator Ifeanyi Ararume.

A high supply mentioned, “The current Minister of Sports, Sunday Dare single-handedly gave some corrupt Nigerians the NCC licenses when he was the Executive Commissioner.

“He gave himself a slot and also gave Naomi Adenuga for Globacom. He gave Bola Tinubu a slot and also Umar Danbatta, Executive Vice-Chairman of the NCC a slot. He also gave Senator Ifeanyi Ararume.”

Ararume was on Sunday appointed Chairman of the Board of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) after Buhari, in his capability as Minister of Petroleum Resources, directed the incorporation of the corporate.

According to the highest supply, others are “Isa Funtua (who died in July 2020), Abdurahman Ado Musa and his brother, Abdulsalami Abubakar.

“They were all awarded the Value-Added Service contracts for the NCC. This includes the use of USSD code; they generate at least N25 billion per month from that. The use of USSD code brings a lot of money,” the supply added.

Abdulrahman Ado is a director with telecom operator, 9mobile.

Funtua was a Federal Minister within the Second Nigerian Republic. After leaving the federal government job, he went into enterprise and was a private pal and shut affiliate of Buhari. Until his demise, he was identified to be very influential in Buhari’s administration.

USSD means Unstructured Supplementary Service Data which permits folks with out smartphones or knowledge or web connection to make use of cellular banking by way of using codes, however at a cost.

“Through the Value Added Service, they generate at least N25 billion naira per month. The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami is also badly involved. They are very close to Malami and (Isa) Pantami as well.”

Pantami is the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy. Before then, he was the Director-General and CEO of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) between September 2016 and August 2019.

Also referred to as Sheikh Pantami, the minister’s previous name to Jihad and unalloyed help for murderous teams just like the Taliban and Al-Qaeda painting him as a dyed-in-the-wool Islamic fundamentalist.

Sharing the small print of how the contracts had been dubiously awarded, one other supply mentioned, “The telecommunications companies were taking 90%, leaving the content provider with 10%. Sunday Dare then promised to give contracts to five companies and about 400 companies put in their bids with a deposit of N500,000 each. Upon qualifying, you will remit another N9.5 million to them.

“The goal was to water down the profit of the Telcos. Sunday Dare singlehandedly gave Ado, himself and seven others the contract. No governor is richer than any executive in NCC.”

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EXCLUSIVE: How Buhari’s Minister Awarded Multi-billion Naira Contracts To Self, Ex-Governor Tinubu, Others As Nigerian Communications Commission Executive

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