Reps to probe NIMASA, Transport Ministry over alleged $195m security contract

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The House of Reps has resolved to investigate alleged $195, 500.000 contract; awarded to an Israeli security firm to secure Nigeria’s waterways by the Ministry of Transportation. This is the sequel to a unanimous adoption of a motion; by Rep Benjamin Kalu (APC-Abia) at the plenary on Thursday, November 21.

Moving the motion earlier, Kalu said that the amount if converted to naira would be over N93billion.

Kalu said that there is an urgent need to investigate the matter; because the money used in paying the Israeli security company was borrowed and it will be due for repayment by June 2020.

He alleged that of the 95 million dollars; Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) sourced $30,400,000 without consulting the National Assembly for approval.

Citing relevant sections of the Constitution about powers of NASS; the House of Reps lawmaker said that due process was not followed, hence the need to probe the matter further.

Kalu recalled that the eighth Assembly had carried out a similar probe on the alleged contract scam in 2018.

“What is meant for Nigerians should be spent for Nigerians because the security of the Nigerian waterways cannot be placed in the hands of foreigners,” he said.

In his ruling, the Deputy Speaker of the house, Rep. Ahmed Wase mandated Committees on Marine and Institutions and Public Procurement to investigate and report back within four weeks for further legislative actions.

Meanwhile, lawmakers have tackled President Muhammadu Buhari on the issue of constituency funds. Buhari, while speaking at a national summit; said the constituency projects had gulped N1trillion with nothing to show for it.

However, the Senate Caucus of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday, described the statement by the President on constituency projects as erroneous.

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