|Dakuku Peterside & Rotimi Amaechi|
“We have the petitions here. The petitioners consider this a waste of public funds. Why will NIMASA engage another firm to perform its functions? Why do we have staff in NIMASA? What is their work?.”Dan Asuquo, who is the Chairman, House Committee on Power, and a member of the committee, directed Peterside to produce the audited account of the firm.
“What is the pedigree of SNECO? Where is their audited account? We want to know their owners,” he added.Speaking during the session, Dakuku Peterside, a former member of the House, told the Reps members that NIMASA complied with all due process requirements in awarding the contract, adding that the Bureau of Public Procurement awarded a certificate of no objection on the contract.
“I never said that NIMASA was owed $5bn. The entire volume of shipping trade in Nigeria in the last four years is nothing close to $10bn. We complied with every provision of the Public Procurement Act,” he said.Not satisfied with his explanations, the furious lawmakers insisted on holding a full investigative hearing on the controversial contract.
“DG, there will be an investigative hearing. So, you can speak on those questions that you have answers to give now. On those questions that you are not ready to answer, please prepare fully and come during the investigative hearing,” he said.
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