Reactions have continued to trail the disclosure by the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, OSGF, that N65 million was spent in maintenance for 2017.

Technology experts have described the claim as suspicious and impossible.

The Head of Research, SBM Intelligence, Cheta Nwanze after a review of the website, said the N65 million could never be justified.

He said, “The website was built using the Joomla CMS, which is a free content management system.

"All of the media is hosted on YouTube, which is an external server. It uses Google Hosted Libraries for its content distribution.

"No way can it cost N65 million, unless I heard you wrong.”

He said the maximum cost for maintaining such a website would be $105 per month (which translates to N37,800).

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“Depending on the hosting package, $100 per month can get you a very good hosting plan. If you insist on using Google apps to host your emails and documents, that’s $5 per user per month. So you can do the maths.”

Another IT expert, Femi Egomson said the claim that N65 million was spent on the website looks ‘very impossible.’

“It is simply shocking that N65 million was spent on the website. It’s implausible.

“OSGF must provide more details on what they did with the money. The website has no special features to justify more than a million naira budget.

“It doesn’t look like they are even updating the website. The copyright is 2013. It looks very impossible and suspicious.

"At least the SGF office should tell us what they did with the money. They should tell us what they did with the money so that Nigerian tax payers’ mind can be at rest.”


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