Department of State Service, DSS

Budget: DSS Debunks Claims of N1.1bn Unexecuted Projects in Bauchi

Kingsley Nwezeh

The Department of State Security (DSS) yesterday debunked claims by a non-governmental organisation, TrackaNG-Budgit, that it failed to implement a N1.1 billion budgetary provision for the construction of Counter Terrorism Center in Bauchi, a project of the agency.

BudgetNG-Tracka, monitors budget implementation of government ministries and agencies.

The organisation had on February 19, 2022, posted on its social media platforms, Facebook and twitter, that the construction of DSS Counter-Terrorism Training Centre, Gubi Dam, Bauchi State allegedly valued at N1.1 Billion in 2021 federal government budget was “not done”.

It had stated that it, “visited the site and discovered they only renovated a primary school and mosque adjacent to the site.”


But the DSS denied the organisation’s assertions noting that “Tracka made other unsubstantiated and wild claims as part of its findings. To set the records straight, the DSS out rightly dismisses Tracka’s unfounded claims.


“It further expresses dismay at the shoddy way Tracka embarked on its project verification exercise as well as the manner it drew conclusions without the slightest efforts to be diligent.


“DSS’ findings have shown that the Tracka’s field officer did not visit the project site where about 17 structures are simultaneously being executed by different contractors. It is instructive to note that the projects are at different levels of completion,” it said.


In a statement signed by spokesman of the DSS, Dr. Peter Afunanya, noted that contrary to the position of the NGO, the dilapidated primary school it cited was renovated as part of its corporate social responsibility project.


“It may also be noted that the primary school in question was a dilapidated Nomadic Education Centre located at Galga, near Gubi Dam, Firo where the CTC is located.


“The service, in conjunction with its Land School (site of the CTC), found the primary school in a bad state and decided to renovate it as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), typical of the service wherever it has such public facility and cohabits with the community.


“As evidenced by attached pictures, the said school was rehabilitated and handed over to the appreciative Galga community whose children now use better facilities including desks at the school. Surprisingly, Tracka only stopped its verification of the budget implementation at the primary school from where it drew hasty conclusions of non-implementation. What a lazy way of discharging a mandate”, it said.


Attaching pictures of the building infrastructure at different state of completion at the center, the DSS noted that while it was not opposed to pursuit of accountability and transparency by NGOs, the it was averse to resorting to fake news and outright misinformation as a way of enlightening the public.


“To seek redress, the service has brought the misinformation carried out by Tracka to its management and in that regard sought a refutal and unreserved apology.


“For the avoidance of doubt, the CTC projects as captured in the 2019, 2020 and 2021 budgets are ongoing. The DSS and its Director General, Alhaji Yusuf Magaji Bichi are committed to transparency, accountability and service.


“Accordingly, the public is hereby properly guided and should therefore disregard the initial story by Tracka, which is expected to show evidence that disciplinary action is being taken against its staff that misled it. This is how to be accountable and transparent.

“Meanwhile, the CTC is open to anyone who may wish to visit it to verify the level of work there. Going forward, the service will not take lightly attempts by individuals or organisations like Tracka to defame it,” DSS said.




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