Reps query N5.1bn NPA headquarters renovation contract

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Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman

 

The House Committee on Public Accounts at its public hearing on Thursday demanded that original copies of the contractual agreement for the renovation of NPA Corporate Headquarters in Lagos, awarded in 2011, be produced by the management.

According to the chairman of the committee, Wole Oke, the summon was based on a query by the office of the Auditor-General of the Federation on the contract awarded in 2011 with a completion period of 15 months without a signed contractual agreement.

The query alleged that as at 2013 when the contract ought to have been completed and money paid out, there was no valid contractual agreement between the contractor and NPA.

However, the Managing Director of NPA, Hadiza Bala Usman, while speaking before the committee, said the contract was awarded by the Federal Executive Council (FEC), adding that available records show that there was a validly signed contractual agreement.