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Nigeria’s port denies illegal contract award

Against recent insinuations, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has denied breaching due process in the award of contract for the dredging of Escravos Bar in Warri.
NPA had been alleged to have awarded a dredging contract to a company that had been convicted by a court of competent jurisdiction in Switzerland contrary to the provisions of the Public Procurement Act 2007.
But the Assistant General Manager of NPA, Mr. Isa Suwaid, said on behalf of the management, that the Authority had always been guided by provisions of the Procurement Act in all its procurement processes.
He added that the Warri contract or any other contract for that matter could not have been an exception.
Suwaid who insisted that the authority did not go against the provisions of the law said that all procurements by the Authority have always been subject to the supervision/approval of the Bureau of Public Procurement(BPP).
He explained that the Authority received the necessary approvals before going ahead with the award of the contract for the dredging Warri Channel.
He said: “All arithmetic computations so done by the Authority are in line with the PPA which so permits for the procuring entity to do such and consequent documentations of the computations were submitted to BPP for no objection which was obliged.”
“The attention of the Management of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has been drawn to allegations of fraud being made against it by companies that lost out in their bid to secure the contract of the dredging of Escravos Bar in Warri.
“The Authority has maintained a dignified silence on the allegations until now as a result of the confidence that all processes as enumerated in the Public
“Procurement Act (PPA), 2004 were followed in the award of this contract and that if indeed, the said entity had any valid grounds for protests, the law courts, rather than newspapers, where they have continued to peddle lies against the Authority, would be their recourse.
“However, after due consideration of our obligations to be accountable to the people of Nigeria that we serve, the Authority has decided to provide the following information in response to the spurious allegations and campaign of calumny being spread in the media.