June 23, 2014

Govt prosecuting 156 contractors for violating procurement law — BPP boss

Abuja—The Director-General, Bureau of Public Procurement, BPP, Mr Emeka Ezeh, has said that 156 contractors are being prosecuted for violating the procurement law.

Ezeh, who made the fact known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Abuja, said the infractions ranged from forgery to tendering of fake documents.

The director-general said such contractors must have been cleared illegally by government officials in the Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs, to carry out jobs.

He warned that government officials who accepted incompetent contractors would be prosecuted.

“Naturally, the contractors go to various government MDAs because they are the ones that process their documents.

“All the government officers involved have been invited for questioning and possible prosecution. Already established rules for administrative and criminal breaches will be followed in their sanctions.

“The EFCC, ICPC will do the investigation to establish the culpability or otherwise of the officers involved.

“So depending on its findings, they will be prosecuted accordingly,” he said, adding that breaches of the procurement act were often caused by ignorance and as such BPP had set up a training school to educate key officers of MDAs on the right procurement processes.