INVESTIGATION! How Prof Awodun used personal company to secure KWIRS contract under him
• Ex-IRS chief indicted for criminal misappropriation
Details have emerged about how former KW-IRS chairman Prof. Murtala Awodun used his own personal company, CSDC Consulting Enterprise Solutions, to secure multibillion naira consultancy contract.
As a public officer, it is considered a criminal breach of public trust for a serving official to bid for and win contracts under the same company he heads. Perhaps oblivious to the consequences, Awodun was said in a Thisday interview of September 10, 2022 to be the chief operating officer of the CSDC Consulting Enterprise Solutions.
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Audit report recently released on the activities of key MDAs under the former administration showed how Awodun’s CSDC got the contract to provide a software called Amanda at a mouthwatering amount. Even though the software never really delivered as agreed, KW-IRS under Awodun continued to pay the firm for a software that never worked.
“CSDC Enterprise Solutions was supposed to provide solution (software) called ‘Amanda’ to the KWIRS according to the Memorandum of Understanding provided. We were told that the software was deployed to few points but because it was not effective, the Service did not use the software, various sums were paid to the company on a monthly basis,” according to excerpts of the audit report seen by this medium.
“Furthermore, the purported sum due to this Company was being taken out of KWIRS through the staff of the Service (Ibrahim Saliu, Michael Dada, Fausat Ismail, IOD and Prodemics Global Investment on the approval of the Chairman.”
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Lawyers who reviewed the report categorised the conduct of Awodun as criminal misappropriation and recommended that he be referred to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission or the ICPC for various malfeasance.
The audit report had revealed several sordid deals at KWIRS under Awodun whose tenure has come under scrutinies.