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FG To Prosecute Over 50 Firms for Forging Contract Documents


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IMAGE: Engr. Emeka Eze Director General of the Bureau of Public Procurement »

Nov.12.2013

 

The federal government hinted yesterday that it had sent the names of more than 50 companies to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) as well as the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) to investigate allegations bordering on presenting fake documents to procure contracts and possibly prosecute the offenders.

The director-general of the Bureau for Public Procurement (BPP), Engr. Emeka Eze, who disclosed this during the signing of a cooperation agreement with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), also said 34 million Euros has been granted by the UNODC to aid the war against corruption in the country.

 Explaining that the grant is to support anti-graft agencies in the country to look towards a new edge in the fight against corruption in the system, Eze noted that while it is not just companies that have been caught in the act, some procurement staff of different MDAs are also being investigated by the ICPC.

He said, “On Friday, I signed off another letter to EFCC and ICPC listing over 50 companies that tried to get government job through the use of forged document, because the use of fake document is a crime. Some people make false claim as to their capacity and then they are the people who shout the greatest, and who don’t even know what a cubic  meter of concrete is, who will quote either ridiculously low, then when they don’t get the job they begin to shout on top of their roof.

“When we have such issues, we also write to FIRS and once they confirm that the tax is fake we send it to EFCC or ICPC for prosecution,” Eze added, noting that the international body which had studied and now understand the fight against corruption in the country has urged the government to focus on developing policies that will be more of preventive, rather than looking into a crime only after it has been perpetrated.

According to the DG, the UNODC is working with the BPP to develop an ICT framework and technology that will help conduct the procurement in all federal institutions.

 

Jonathan postpones presentation of 2014 budget to NASS

The proposed presentation of the 2014 budget estimates to the National Assembly by President Goodluck Jonathan scheduled to hold today has been postponed by one week.

Though no official announcement was made last night, LEADERSHIP learned that the presidency had written to convey the news of the postponement to the leadership of the two chambers of the National Assembly.

There was no official explanation from the lawmakers and the management of the National Assembly, but some people who spoke on condition of anonymity said the postponement was not unrelated to the tensed atmosphere in the National Assembly caused by a possible faceoff between the two factions of the PDP.

It was gathered form a lawmaker that the presidency had earlier warned the speaker, Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, to make sure that his “boys are called to order” and do not throw up any performance during the presentation session.

But some staff of the National Assembly said that was not the reason, noting that they had planned to stage a protest today against poor welfare and salaries by the management of the National Assembly.

A circular which had earlier informed them not to come to work today was later withdrawn, a staff who spoke in confidence told LEADERSHIP. He said the circular wanted the staff to stay at home to avert the demonstration they had planned to carry out.

However, it was reliably gathered that the Senate president, David Mark, and the speaker of the House, Hon. Aminu Tambuwal, and some principal officers held a meeting with the president on Sunday night asking that the presentation be postponed by a week to allow them finish considering and passing the Medium Term Expenditure Framework Bill this week.

The president wrote to the National Assembly two weeks ago to inform the leadership of both chambers of his intention to lay the 2014 budget estimates to a joint session of the National Assembly on November 12.

 Some members of the House of Representatives had rejected the visit last week, saying the president must first explain why the 2013 budget was not fully implemented.

When contacted, the spokesman of the House, Hon Zakari Mohammed said last night that the reschedule was due to the pending consideration of the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF).

Zakari said, “Yes it has been postponed to November 19. You know we’re supposed to consider the MTEF before the budget can be presented, but we’re yet to do that.”

Article Credit: Leadership

Updated 5 Years ago
 

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