House of Representatives probe N504.7 million defence ministry ‘shady contract’

House of Representatives probe N504.7 million defence ministry ‘shady contract’

- A member of the House of Representatives has sponsored a motion calling for the investigation of alleged contract scam at the ministry of defence

- Yusuf Tajudeen said the defence ministry flouted the procurement procedures of the Bureau of Public Procurement

- The House further mandated the committees on defence, army and public procurement to investigate the alleged contract scam in the ministry

Members of the House of Representatives have moved to probe the controversial $1.4 million (N504.7 million) shady contract by the ministry of defence.

The cable reports that the House mandates its committees on defence, army and public procurement to investigate the alleged contract scam in the ministry.

The lawmaker representing Kabba/Bunu/Ijumu of Kogi state, Yusuf Tajudeen, while sponsoring the motion on the probe said the defence ministry flouted the procurement procedures of the Bureau of Public Procurement.

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Tajudeen alleged that the defence ministry awarded contract in the name of a different firm after getting a presidential approval for the said contract.

Tajudeen: "That the ministry of defence apart from awarding the contract in the name of another firm after getting presidential approval, also flouted the procurement guidelines of the Bureau for Public Procurement."

The lawmaker said the action of the ministry was against the United Nation August 2017 deadline for the relocation and refurbishment of a Level 2 Ministry Hospital under the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) to Nigeria.

“That as a consequence for not meeting the UN August 2017 deadline for relocation of the hospital to a new location Nigeria has been asked to withdraw its remaining contingent to the UN African Missions in Darfur.

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“The shady deals allegedly perpetrated by top functionaries in the ministry of defence has led to Nigeria losing the deployment of Level 2 hospital to Rwanda as directed by the UN," Tajudeen said.

He said Nigeria has gone down from nine to five in the global ranking of countries contributing troops and from one to five in the African Union due to the 'greedy antics' of some officials of the ministry of defence.

Subsequently, Tajudeen's motion was put to a voice vote by the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara and was adopted by the House.

The committee is expected to submit its report in two weeks.

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NAIJ.com earlier reported that the Speaker of the House of Representatives had tasked the military on effective intelligence gathering on terrorism.

Dogara said terrorist activities could only be checkmated through prompt and effective intelligence gathering and sharing by relevant security outfits.

He also assured the military that the National Assembly would do its best to ensure that it appropriates more money for the peace, order and good governance of the country.

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Source: Naija.ng

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