OrderPaperToday – An ad-hoc committee of the House of Representatives has queried the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) over some capital expenditure which was initially not included in the Appropriation Act.

The committee, which is investigating Zonal Interventions Projects (ZIPs) of lawmakers and unspent funds by Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), expressed its displeasure at a meeting held with officials of the Service on Tuesday in Abuja.

The Chairman of the committee, Mr Francis Uduyok (PDP, Akwa Ibom) raised concerns onobserved irregularities contained the financial statement submitted to the panel.

He said that the agency breached the public procurement act by recycling three companies to execute out its contracts for 10 years.

The committee pointed that 191 contracts worth over N1 billion was awarded in one day by the Customs without due process.

“This is not acceptable and parliament will not condone any breach of Acts of Parliament no matter the reason.

“These expenditures do not reflect what is approved in the budget and it is in clear breach of the Public Procurement Act,’’ the chairman said.

On his part, the Custom boss, Mr Hameed Ali, apologised  to the lawmakers for errors and discrepancies in the financial statement presented by the service.

He however requested for more time to correct the discrepancies while pledging that the corrected copy would be submitted as soon as possible.

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