The memo, dated December 10, 2020, with reference number FMA/PROC/AHS/SIP/2020/7742/1, stated that the Ministerial Tenders Board approved the contract.
The ministry is led by Kano-born Minister, Alhaji Mohammed Nanono, who was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019.
The document titled, ‘Award of Contract for the Construction of Friday Mosque’ was signed by the Deputy Director, Procurement, Musa Musa on behalf of the minister and was addressed to the Managing Director, El-Shukhur Multi-Buz Nig. Ltd.
It read in part, “I am directed to inform you that the ministerial tenders board at its 7th meeting held on December 7, 2020, approved the award of contract for the construction of Friday mosque to your company at the total sum of N30m only, inclusive of VAT, with a completion period of eight weeks with effect from the date of this letter.
“You are therefore required to indicate in writing within three days of receipt of this offer, your acceptance to the office of the director, procurement, FMARD, Abuja or otherwise, the offer will be considered lapsed.”
The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development declined to make any official comment on the development.
Officials of the ministry demanded that a letter be written to the FMARD’s permanent secretary about the matter which was already trending.
The spokesperson of the ministry, Theodore Ogaziechi, told a Punch correspondent that he would not comment on the matter as he had yet to be briefed about it when contacted.
However, it was observed that many employees at the ministry’s headquarters had seen the trending memo, although senior officials refused to endorse or deny its authenticity.
Meanwhile, a search through the 2020 budget showed that no mosque construction was stated in the ministry’s estimates.
The document was shared several times on social media eliciting condemnation from several Nigerians.