By Emmanuel Aziken
The Senate Committee on Public Accounts, Tuesday, issued a warrant of arrest for the National Coordinator of the National Poverty Eradication Programme, NAPEP, Dr. Magnus Kpakol, over his failure to explain the utilisation of N2.4 billion on the purchase of tricycles.
The committeeâ€™s action, according to Senator Ahmed Lawan, the committee chairman, should be a lesson to public officers who are entrusted with public responsibility.
Kpakol had appeared before the committee last week, but was asked to return yesterday with vital documents pertaining to the expenditure of N2.4 billion in the procurement of 5,000 tricycles popularly known as Keke Napep.
He, however, did not appear yesterday, prompting the committee to take action.
The investigation by the committee flowed from an audit query issued by the office of the Auditor-General of the Federation on procedural failures in the execution of the contract for the purchase of the tricycles.
Among the issues raised in the query was that only 500 of the 5,000 tricycles paid for were supplied.
Besides, it was also alleged that another N150 million was provided for the supply of spare parts besides the main contract whose payment was paid up-front.
The query also raised other issues pertaining the secrecy involved in the award of the contract as it alleged that there was no approval received from the Federal Executive Council, FEC, and that there was no ”certificate of no objection” received from the Due Process Office before the award of the contract to a Lagos-based company.