Reps summon Adeosun, AGF over N17bn ‘office equipment’ contract

The House of Representatives Committee on Public Procurement on Thursday, summoned the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, over alleged payment of N17 billion for procurement of office equipment.

It also summoned the Auditor-General of the Federation (AGF), Mr. Ahmed Idris, and former Accountant-General of the Federation, Mr. Jonah Otunla, over the transaction.

The three top officials are to appear before the committee on Tuesday next week.

The fresh invitation followed their failure to appear at the public hearing organized by the committee on the matter. It was scheduled to hold on Thursday.

The minister sent the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Isa Dutse, to represent her, but the lawmakers turned down the excuse  presented for her absence at the investigative hearing.

Before issuing the summons, Chairman of the committee, Mr. Oluwole Oke, said the three officials had violated the provisions of section 15 of the Public Procurement Act 2007 as it pertained to the role of procurement entities.

He told the Permanent Secretary that the minister must provide documents that include the President’s approval for the contract, agreement signed by the contractors and record of payment of the contract by the ministry.

Oke said the summons became necessary because there was a document from the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation showing that they had paid N17 billion on the contract.

He added that public procurement regulation was the only way to curb corruption in the country.


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