As part of our #FollowKwaraMoney activities to monitor how Federal and State Budgets are executed in Kwara State, we wrote series of Freedom of Information request to Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) to give us . In the SMEDAN’s response to our FOI, it stated that
- the entrepreneurship development training for one hundred and twenty (120) participants in Ilorin East/South Federal Constituency was contracted to AbileleIndustries Limited at the sum of Sixteen Million, Six Hundred and Six Thousand Naira (N16,606,000) and was reported to be 100% completed;
The skill acquisition training for Forty (40) participants in Ilorin East/South Federal Constituency was contracted to Dile Nigeria Limited at the sum of Seventeen Million, Four Hundred and Eighty Thousand Naira (N17,480,000) and was reported to be 100% completed;
The enterprise support service training for ninety-five (95) participants in Ilorin East/South Federal Constituency was contracted to Alhambra Global Service Limited at the sum of Five Million, Seven Hundred and Sixty-Eight Thousand, Four Hundred Naira only (N5,768,400) and was reported to be 100% executed.
We then carried out our own independent investigation on the beneficiaries lists provided to us by SMEDAN and discovered that:
1. the entrepreneurship training attendance lists with 120 participants were fraudulently written and signed by a single individual, as the handwritings are the same; the phone numbers provided were owned by the beneficiaries; and some of the beneficiaries that we called outrightly denied any participation in such training.
2. all the beneficiaries of Skill Acquisition training (that answered our calls) denied any previous participation in such training; the phone numbers of all the 40 beneficiaries did not correlate with the records available on Truecaller; most of the beneficiaries’ names appeared to be of Yoruba tribe, but our communication with them through phone calls revealed that most are of Hausa tribe, in addition to the fact that some claimed not to have ever been to Ilorin.
3. the phone numbers of the beneficiaries of enterprise training were owned by the beneficiaries; randomly sampled beneficiaries that we called confirmed that they were trained for 2 weeks in Ilorin, and they were as much as the number provided to us by SMEDAN.