11 February 2021 by Aisha Adesanya
The House of Representatives is to investigate alleged maladministration and corrupt practices at the Project Development Institute (PRODA) in Enugu State.
This followed the unanimous adoption of a motion sponsored by Henry Nwawuba from Imo State at plenary .
Leading the debate the lawmaker explained that PRODA is a research agency under the Ministry of Science and Technology with a mission to facilitate development and deployment of science and technology to enhance the pace of socioeconomic development in the country.
He further observed that the Agency which had a track record of delivery on her core mandate, has been alleged to be immersed in maladministration and flagrant abuse of the Procurement Act 2007.
Nwawuba added that contractors, who were Nigerians, may have borrowed money to execute their jobs and could have been subjected to financial pressures and untold hardship as PRODA continued to withhold their payments.
The lawmakers warned that if an urgent action was not taken to resolve the issue in PRODA, it may degenerate into a break down of law and order.
He added that PRODA should stop all further procurement activities in the 2020 budget and pay contractors, suppliers and consultants who had executed contracts allocated to them without further delay.
In his ruling, the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila who presided over plenary mandated the House Committee on Public procurement to investigate the allegations and report back within seven days for further legislative action.