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How Kano Lawmaker’s Company Collected Over N200m For Contract Not Executed

Muhammed Mikail
Between 2018 and 2023, records have shown that the sum of N41,515,645,264 billion was budgeted for the Federal College of Education, Bichi, and the National Orthopedic  Hospital, Dala, Kano State for the construction of different projects. While the FCE Bichi got ₦20,027,209,363, the National Orthopedic Hospital Dala  got ₦21,488,435,90.
Within those five years over ₦310,968,397.07 worth of projects in Kano were awarded to Asasco Nigeria Limited, a company owned by Honorable Lawal Shehu, a state lawmaker representing Bichi Constituency since 2019. But investigations have shown that several of the projects paid for were not executed.
Asasco Nigeria Limited was incorporated in Kano, with registration number 339339. It was registered on August 7, 1998 and its current status is unknown. It listed Hon. Shehu as one of the Directors, along with Nuhu Sadauki, Lawan Ahmed, Musa Sanusi while Miyetti Miyetti Nominees Limited is Secretary.
On November 21, 2021, the company received ₦11,810,930.23 from the Federal  College of Education, Bichi for the construction of a college clinic. But two years after the company received payment, the project is yet to be executed. 
FCE Bichi
A visit to FCE Bichi revealed that the school does not have any newly constructed clinic, as only the old clinic is still there. Despite the fact that the existing school clinic is in good shape, the school administration believes that it should be extended because it benefits both students and inhabitants of Bichi.
Existing School Clinic
Abdullahi Kabir, a student at FCE Bichi, said the school clinic is moderately equipped, but when there is a malaria outbreak or any of the common diseases and they need to admit patients, the inadequacy of the clinic becomes obvious. No enough bed spaces and equipment.
Other Projects awarded to Asasco Nigeria Limited by FCE


Incorporated as a construction company, Asasco Nigeria Limited was awarded several contracts in Bichi and Dala LGAs of Kano State.
According to govspend.ng on December 5, 2023, FCE Bichi awarded and paid ₦6,186,046.51  and ₦14,198,744.19  for renovation of the science complex. A visit by Solacebase discovered that a shoddy renovation was executed as only some parts of the building were painted while other parts were patched.
Shoddy renovated Science complex FCE Bichi
On December 27, 2023, FCE Bichi also awarded Asasco Nigeria Limited ₦8,810,288.69 contract for renovation of students’ hostel while on September 12, 2021 the company secured the sum of ₦6,999,069.78 to furnish students’ hostels. Furthermore, FCE Bichi, on November 25, 2020, paid a sum of ₦5,249,302.33 for renovation of students’ hostels.
Renovated Students Hostel, FCE Bichi
Asasco also received the sum of ₦8,134,708.63 on December 3, 2019 for the renovation of the student hostel. On December 20, 2018, a sum of  ₦9,800,428.00 was awarded to the company to renovate school hostels.
Projects Awarded by Orthopaedic Dala
Data gathered on govspend.ng revealed that Asasco Nigeria Limited was paid to build eight theaters in the National Orthopaedic Hospital Dala, but not one of it was executed. On October 7, 2021, the Hospital awarded Asasco the sum of ₦11,354,367.88 to construct a theater in the hospital. Also on  April 9, 2020, the Hospital awarded ₦17,544,628.06 for the construction of another theater, and another payment  of ₦11,032,067.07 on April 4, 2020,  for construction of a theater.
Furthermore, the company on December 10, 2019, received ₦31,176,740.80 for construction of a theater, and yet another ₦46,449,872.41 on October 27, 2019 for construction of a new theater.
The Hospital again in January and September 2019 awarded construction of three new theaters at the cost of ₦57,431,760.75.
National Orthopaedic Hospital Dala, Kano
In 2018 the lawmaker’s company received ₦20,140,000.00 million for the construction of a new theater. Abubakar Abdullahi, a management staff of the hospital disclosed that for more than 6 years they had no new construction of any theater in the hospital. 
On May 28,  2021, the Ministry of Health, through the National Orthopaedic Hospital Dala, awarded ₦22,824,369.74 which served as a 15% mobilization for construction of the General Outpatient Department, GOPD. Records obtained by Solacebase showed that the last tranche of payment amounting to ₦22,600,500.00 was paid to Asasco Nigeria Limited on 13, September 2021.
General Outpatient Department, GOPD
A site visit by Solacebase confirmed that the GOPD was fully constructed and equipped. 
MDAs Violates PPL 
Regarding these contracts, Hon. Shehu clearly breached the law as there is an obvious case of conflict of interest. By using a company in which he has interest or owns to execute a public contract, Hon. Shehu breached Section 57 (9) of the Public Procurement Act 2007, states: “Every public officer involved directly or indirectly in matters of public procurement and disposal of assets shall:
(a) divest himself of any interest or relationships which are actually or potentially inimical or detrimental to the best interest of government and the underlying principles of this Act ; and
(b) not engage or participate in any commercial transaction involving the federal government, its ministries, extra-ministerial departments, corporations where his capacity as public officer is likely to confer any unfair advantage – pecuniary or otherwise on him or any person directly related to him.”
Also, Section 57 (10) states: “Any person engaged in the public procurement and disposal of assets who has assumed or is about to assume a financial or other business outside business relationship that might involve a conflict of interest, must immediately declare to the authorities any actual or potential interest.”
Furthermore, Section 57 (11) says, “Such a declaration shall be given such consideration at the relevant level as is necessary so that, where it is seen that remedial action is taken, a conflict of interest is present.
On March 22, 2024, several calls were placed by this reporter to Hon. Shehu, but he didn’t pick his calls and didn’t call back. Furthermore on March 28,  2024, a text message was sent requesting him to explain why the construction of one clinic and eight theaters at FCE Bichi was not done despite full payment.
However, Hon. Shehu did not respond to multiple requests for comments.


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