By Omoh Gabriel & Godwin Oritse
Indication emerged Thursday that allegation of contracting splitting, over invoicing, non compliance with extant financial rules of Public Procurement and exceeding approval limits levelled at the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, management are mere speculations and unfounded aimed at causing confusion and disenchantment, a top official of Ministry of Transport has revealed.
The official who spoke to Vanguard said contrary to the said financial audit report on the NIMASA over contracts award on the purchase of generating set, the said contract has been cancelled for non-performance and that no payment has been made.
Vanguard investigation revealed that the agency has decided to do a direct procurement of the said generator which is one of the grouse against the management of the agency.
Sources close to the Ministry of Transport told Vanguard that the report that was leaked to reporters was the half yearly report by the agency to the Ministry which usually do not contain details of procedures and necessary documentation that would have given a clear picture of the financial position of the agency.
He said perhaps if those lashing on the report had taken the pain to seek clarifications, they would have discovered that there were no issues arising from the report especially as no explanation was sought from the agency management, adding: “There was no contract spitting. Every contract awarded and executed followed due process.”
The source, who is displeased with the present happenings at the maritime apex body, also said the firm that carried out the audit exercise on the agency did not visit the NIMASA.