We Did Not Build Website With N700mn - Ministry
Sometimes, it is always better to spread news yourself if you want the truth told.
That is the situation that the Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development has found itself.
Few days ago, news spread that the ministry had spent 700 million Naira for a website that it would run to regulate, coordinate and boost activities in the mining sector.
But on Sunday, the Ministry said that was fake news.
That report was made popular by the News Agency of Nigeria.
In a statement, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mohammaed Abbas, gave a breakdown of what the funds was meant for, which include feasibility assessment, needs analyses and re-engineering of the IT processes within the ministry, department and agencies.
The said sum also covers data centres, basic and advanced IT (ERP & eDMS) and GIS training programmes for 200 members of staff of the ministry.
Among those to be trained are agencies and management staff.
In a tweet on its Twitter handle, the ministry also expressed displease with comments by Senator Ben Murray-Bruce, saying “it is indeed unfortunate that someone holding high public office like the Senator will make unfounded statements and allegations”.
Responding to the clarification, Mr Murray-Bruce said: “I am fine with the explanation given by the ministry of mines on the 700 million website.
"In fact, I commend them for coming out clean with the facts. That is transparency and the minister's responsiveness is commendable”.
However, the Ministry’s clarifications still seemed insufficient to some Nigerians, as they questioned why such amount would be spent on the items listed by the ministry.
A few of their comments are contained in pictures below.