Procurement Act Breach: Finance Minister To Appear Before Lawmakers
The Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, is expected to appear before the House of Representatives on Tuesday to be quizzed over allegations of abuse and breach of the Procurement Act.
The House of Representatives Committee on Public Procurement summoned the Minister on Monday after a resolution was taken at the beginning of an investigative hearing on the allegations.
Her absence is not something that the lawmakers are willing to let go.
Members of the committee expressed displeasure with the Minister for failing to appear for the public hearing and submit a memorandum to the committee.
A lawmaker, Babatunde Kolawole, had claimed that Adeosun breached the Act in the engagement of contractors for the pre-shipment inspection and monitoring of crude oil and gas exports.
He had told lawmakers that in June 2015, the President mandated the Finance Ministry to process engagement of pre-shipment inspectors through selective tendering approved by the Bureau for Public Procurement (BPP).
But in December 2015, after the selection of 65 companies to participate in the bidding stage, the Minister of Finance, however, ordered the immediate cancellation of the tendering process on the grounds of lack of transparency, accountability and on the basis of a formal complaint from the BPP, Kolawole told other lawmakers.
After he put forward his claims, he requested that the House of Representatives should investigate allegations of abuses in the fresh tendering process.
The lawmakers then invited Mrs Adeosun to the investigative hearing held on Monday, but she did not show up.
No reason was given for her absence.
The lawmakers then insisted that she must appear before the committee on Tuesday.
After the summon was issued, the Chairman of the Committee, Wole Oke, said that the committee would be thorough in its investigation.
He believes the investigation would help cleanse the system and ensure that the Procurement Act would be followed.