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Reps investigate NPA dredging contracts

20 March 2014, 19:06

Abuja -  Members of the House of Representatives have set up a committee to investigate the yearly spending of more than $1 billion by the Nigeria Port Authority (NPA) on dredging contracts.

The investigation is sequel to allegations that no significant progress has been made on the dredging of inland waterways and channels despite huge resources allocated for the projects.

A law maker representing Benue State, Herman Hembe, told the House at a plenary that Nigerians were not reaping the benefits of the contracts because the NPA had engaged private individuals who lacked the capacity to deliver the projects

Hembe alleged that most of the private companies that were contracted to do the dredging are not equipped and that they did not have the capacity to deliver.

The law maker suggested that the award of further dredging contracts by the NPA should be suspended pending the outcome of an investigation to be conducted into the matter by the House Committee on Marine Transport

Members of the House unanimously adopted the motion and  directed the Committee on Marine Transport to review all the agreements the NPA signed with the dredging contractors with a view to establish whether they met due process requirements.

The law makers also voted in favour of suspending all pending contracts pending the outcome of the investigation.

- CAJ News

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