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Senators Query petroleum minister over Spending N116m on pens and other items

by Nwani Chisom
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According to reports reaching Oyogist.com, some key members of the Senate has shown concern over the report of the Auditor General for the Federation.

The Auditor General of the Federation during a briefing told officials that the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources spent N116m to buy biros, letterhead and toners in one year.

Here is a breakdown of the items purchased;

– N14.5m to purchase Schneider biros

– N46m to print the ministry’s letterhead

– N56m to procure toner for its photocopy machines.

The query by the Office of the AuGF reads,

“The contract for the supply of Schneider biros worth N14.5m was split into smaller packages of less than N5m each and was awarded to four different companies in order to circumvent the permanent secretary’s approval threshold of N5m.

“Similarly, the contract for the printing of the ministry’s letterhead worth N46m was also split and awarded to 11 different contractors.

“Also, the contract for the supply of toners worth N56m was split and awarded to seven different contractors. The permanent secretary has been requested to explain this contravention of the Public Procurement Act 2007.”

The minister of Petroleum resources while responding to the claims, said that “The action of the ministry was a quick response to the needs of the various departments in the Ministry of Petroleum Resources. These awards followed normal rules and procedures.

“The contracts were not split. They were awarded to the various contractors at different times when items were needed.“The sum of N46.6m used for printing of letterhead followed due process and the large sum of money is explained by the volume of the produced for most of departments.” it noted.

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