25 February 2021 Aisha Adesanya
The House of Representatives committee on Public Procurement says it will refer the alleged breach in procurement Act by Project Development Institute, PRODA, to EFCC, ICPC, NFIU and the Federal Civil Service for necessary action.
The chairman of the committee Nasir Ahmed stated this at the just concluded investigative hearing on the alleged procurement breach and management malpractices by PRODA.
The lawmaker who expressed concern over lack of transparency in the procurement process of the agency said the cancellation of already awarded contract by the acting Director General of the institute, Fabian Okonkwo without approval from the Bureau Of Public Procurement remains a breach of the procurement Act.
He added that the issue would be referred to relevant authorities for swift action to serve as deterrent to others.
Earlier, the suspended chairman of the board of PRODA, Daniel Onjeh said the board took its decisions based on information submitted by the acting DG.
He further refuted claims that he was suspended, adding that only president Muhammadu Buhari can relieve him of his duties as chairman of the board.
The committee is expected to submit its recommendations to plenary next week for further legislative action.