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Massive fraud uncovered in Govt Press contract award

By Emmanuel Elebeke

Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has raised the alarm that the contract papers on construction of Government Press in Abuja were missing.

The minister made the revelation when the Senate Committee on Information and National Orientation visited his office on oversight function.

He insisted that the contract for the construction of the Government Press was first awarded in 2001, adding that several aspects had been awarded over again without the project being completed.

Mohammed said about three meetings had been held with the contractors this year and that nobody had been able to come up with the exact contractual amount involved or the contract papers.

“Neither the ministry officials nor contractors can locate the contract papers. This is what has stalled work.

‘’However, it has now been confirmed that we don’t owe any of the contractors. So, we have re-advertised the contract,” he said.

Speaking on the procurement law, the minister said:  “Please look favourably to our 2017 budget. We are supposed to disseminate the policies and programmes of the government. We need you to cure the inadequacies of the 2016 budget.

“The laws we have today will not allow us to perform as efficiently as possible. The law of procurement is burdensome and needs to be amended.”


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