NECO In N6.5bn Contracts Scandal Over Printing Of Security Materials

The National Examination Council has been accused of illegally awarding N6.5 billion con­tracts for the printing of secu­rity materials.

The indication emerged at the public hearing organised for the stakeholders on the bill by Senate Public Accounts Committee (SPAC) chaired by Senator Mathew Uhroghide.

The Senate therefore, upheld the recommendation of the Committee af­ter the NECO failed to defend the allegations.

While defending the allegations, the NECO stated that the contract was awarded through selective tendering which was done to avoid leakage of exam­ination questions.

But, the com­mittee observed that the coun­cil did not follow due process in the award of the contract.

The Committee, therefore, recommended that the Ten­der Board that awarded the contract should be held liable in line with Financial Regula­tion 3117(1) &11, which states, “Where the award is by a ten­der board, all members of the board shall be sanctioned indi­vidually or collectively.”

The query reads, “Examina­tion of records and documents revealed that the Commission’s Tenders Board approved the award of contract for the printing of security materials in the sum of N451 million to a company in March 2017 in contravention of provisions of Federal Government Circular No.SGF/OP/I/S.3/XI/849 of 16th January 2016 which re­iterated the approved revised thresholds for service-wide ap­plication, for which the Para­statal Tender Board can only exercise authority on works whose value is less than N250 million while any sum above this, is to be referred to the Ministerial Tenders Board for approval.”

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