March 6, 2012 – Reps accuse Federal Executive Council of illegal approval of contracts
The House of Representatives, said, yesterday, that the approval of contracts by the Federal Executive Council, FEC, during its weekly meetings in Abuja was illegal as it was in contravention of the Public Procurement Act 2007. naijagists.com
At a meeting with the Attorney-General of the Federation in Abuja, members of the House Committee on Public Procurement said by approving contracts, the Federal Executive Council was usurping the powers of the National Council on Procurement as stipulated by law.
Chairman of the committee, Jumoke Okoya Thomas, said the reason for the meeting was for the minister to brief the committee on a meeting which he promised to have with President Goodluck Jonathan over the issue of non-constitution of the board of the NCP.
She said: “The last time we met, he said he would meet with the president and report back to us, it’s three weeks since then. There’s no way we will not have corruption with this continuous selective implementation of the laws.
“Nigerians want to hear from the minister on why it is so. He is the number one law officer of the land.”
The committee flayed Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke, for his inability to attend the meeting though the Minister sent a representative in the person of Mrs. Olusola Umoh, a Director from the Solicitors Department of the ministry.
The director pleaded for understanding of the legislators, saying the minister was engaged at the National Judicial Council in “a statutory meeting.”
The committee members, however, gave the minister till tomorrow to appear before it to explain the non-compliance of the executive with the 2007 Pblic Procurement Act.
A member of the committee, Betty Apiafi, said the issue of the non constitution of the NCP Board had become a thorny issue.
She said: “The issue is that the approval given by FEC on contracts is null and void. We should fix another date and have the Attorney-General come here to explain. This committee has a deadline to submit its report and we cannot continue to keep the House on hold because the minister is not here.”