By; DEKERA NICHOLAS, Kaduna
The Coordinator of the World Bank assisted State Education Programme Investment Project (SEPIP), in Taraba State, Mr. Christian Peter Toshi has been emashed in series of corruption allegations.
The Education Management Information System (EMIS) officer, Mr. Job Julius in an email to World Bank country office in Abuja and obtained by our correspondent accused the Project Coordinator, Mr. Peter Toshi of indulging in series of corrupt practices to enrich himself.
Julius in an eleven point allegations accused the Project Coordinator of flaunting World Bank’s rules and procedures in the payment to some individuals without due process and without recourse to the units concerned.
The EMIS officer also alleged that list of Schools to benefit from School Based Management Committee (SBMC) grants was altered and schools outside of the 700 list of SEPIP focus Schools were brought in as a strategy to divert funds meant for schools originally captured by SEPIP for the N500,000 intervention.
“An invitation was sent to the Project Implementation Unit (PIU) members via SMS on 30th November 2019 for a three days meeting which only lasted for barely an hour
as against the three days, yet money was budgeted for feeding, schedule of the programme among others for three days.
“The Project Coordinator also went against the unanimous agreement of the PIU members on the appointment of M&E officer and appointed his closest associate in order to make financial transactions easy for him without challenge from any PIU member.
“Another illegitimate payment was made on 2nd November 2019 titled; Desk Officers meeting, wherein names of those paid in the list include people that are not Desk Officers nor SEPIP staff.
“This is even as the number of schools that the EMIS officer distributed on the directive of the PC to benefit from the N500, 000 SBMC Grants as in the approved work plan was reduced and some schools removed by the PC without reason.”
When contacted, the Project Coordinator, Mr. Peter Toshi denied any wrongdoing, describing the allegations as untrue, unfounded and baseless.
According to him, since his assumption of office barely three weeks ago, he had not carried out any financial transactions apart payment of monthly stipends to 5,400 teachers.
Toshi said the allegations were an in-house thing, which he was already working on it.
“we are already meeting on the issue. We are nine and only one person is rising alarm over these baseless allegations.
“But this is an official issue and I will not want to discuss it further because it’s an official secret which as a civil servant I am not suppose to talk about it,” he said.