OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives has mandated its committees on Ports, Harbours & Waterways and Public Procurement to investigate allegations of infractions related to the contract awarded for the dredging of Warri seaport and Escravos channel by the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA).
The resolution followed a motion raised by Mr. Ossai Nicholas Ossai (Delta, PDP), who notified the House of the strategic and economic importance of water transport and maritime trade to Nigeria’s economy.
He also stated that the Federal Executive Council (FEC) approved the sum of N10 billion for the Escravos sea channel, while commending the federal government’s efforts to invest in the dredging of the Warri Seaport.
“If these projects are successfully implemented as planned, it will revive and reenergize economic activities of the Niger Delta region and the entire South-South geopolitical zone,” he announced.
Additionally, the lawmaker expressed concern that the NPA took advantage of the FEC’s approval to award contracts without any prior budgetary appropriation.
He also expressed worry that the contract was awarded to a company whose reputation and professional competence is smeared internationally after suffering through several criminal indictments and convictions in many countries.
The lawmaker concluded by revealing the attempts of certain individuals to blackmail individuals and organization, raising the alarm over the alleged illegality in the award of the contract.
The House unanimously adopted the motion when Speaker Yakubu Dogara put the question and it was referred to relevant committees for further legislative action.