Nazaha uncovers SR2m graft in road project

Updated 04 April 2016

Nazaha uncovers SR2m graft in road project

RIYADH: The National Anti-Corruption Commission (Nazaha) has revealed administrative and financial irregularities of over SR2 million in a road construction project in Abha (Asir province).
Nazaha swung into action after receiving a tip-off from a citizen about the irregularities, Abdulrahman Al-Ajlan, the spokesman of the commission said.
An inquiry by Nazaha uncovered irregularities ranging from overestimation of the project cost to the amount of compensation paid to the property owners. The commission submitted its findings to the Bureau of Investigation and Public Prosecution and recommended action.
Al-Ajlan said the commission noticed various irregularities, such as tampering with the data. (Altering the dimensions of the land area in the sale deed of a citizen on July 27, 2010 contrary to the facts mentioned in the title issued in 1976.)
“The committee estimated the value of the expropriated property and found that it had been hiked to SR3,000 per square meter, compared to the purchase price from the citizen at SR65 per sq. meter” he said, adding that the figure had been inflated in the committee’s assessment.
The spokesman said the principle of transparency, protection of integrity in public dealings and combating corruption in all its forms as stipulated by the National Strategy for the Protection of Integrity and Anti-corruption had been flouted in the land transaction.

Dr. Lilak Al-Safadi, president of the Saudi Electronic University

Updated 05 July 2020

Dr. Lilak Al-Safadi, president of the Saudi Electronic University

Saudi Education Minister Dr. Hamad bin Mohammed Al-Asheikh recently announced the appointment of Dr. Lilak Al-Safadi as president of the Saudi Electronic University. She becomes the first woman to chair a Saudi university that includes both male and female students.

She has worked as executive director for more than 20 years in business development, business consulting and strategic leadership, and accumulated experience in project management.

She has also published more than 50 research papers and articles on research topics such as e-commerce and artificial and commercial intelligence.

Al-Safadi was the vice president and national technology officer at Microsoft and is a faculty member at the King Saud University, Riyadh.

She also worked as a consultant to the governor of the General Authority for Small and Medium Enterprises (Monshaat), and a consultant to the vice presidency for planning, quality and development at the Saudi Electronic University. 

Al-Safadi is a graduate from the University of Wollongong, Australia with a Ph.D. in computer science which she completed in 2002; she majored in software engineering and completed her master’s in computer science in 1995. 

In a telephone interview with Al-Ekhbariya channel, Al-Safadi said that her appointment had many implications not only for empowering women and enhancing their role, but also as an indication of the Kingdom’s commitment to women’s equity at all levels, including equal opportunities in leadership and competition.