BY Abdulwahab Abdulah
LAGOS—The recently signed Strategic Alliance Agreement,SAA, agreement between the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company Limited , NPDC, and Septa Energy Nigeria Ltd,SENL has been challenged before a Federal High Court sitting in Ikeja.
Plaintiff in the suit, is asking the court to among other things, declare that the process leading to its signing on September 16, last year by then Minister for Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke violated the provisions of sections 19 and 24 of the Public Procurement Act 2007 and Section 3 of the Nigeria Oil and Gas Industry Content Development Act 2010.
The suit filed by a lawyer, Bartholomew Aguegbodo, is challenging the propriety of the said agreement.
He is also asking the court to determine whether, in the face of the Public Procurement, PP, Act 2007 and the Nigeria Oil and Gas Industry Content Development, NOGICD Act 2010 the SAA entered into by NPDC and SENL, a subsidiary of a foreign company, Seven Energy International Company, with the approval of the ex-Minister, was valid.
Defendants in the suit are Mrs. D. Alison-Madueke, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, NPDC, SENL and the Attorney general of the Federation.
Among the reliefs sought by the plaintiff is a declaration that the purported Strategic Alliance Agreement, SAA, is illegal, null and void.
entered into by NPDC and SENL, with the then Minister’s approval, The plaintiff also wants the court to grant an order setting aside the said SAA.
He contended that the former petroleum Minister, Mrs. Alison-Madueke lacked the powers she purportedly exercised in favour of NPDC and SENL in the SAA they entered.
In the affidavit in supporting of the motion, it was stated that the SAA, which is a funding and technical services agreement in respect of the Oil Mining Licenses (OMLs) 4, 38 and 41 earlier held jointly by NNPC and Shell Petroleum Development Company, was entered into in breach of NOGICD Act 2010 and PP Act 2007.