Public servants paid on their own N145m PIB media fund – Senate

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The Senate Public Accounts Committee supported a session that indicted a senior official on the Ministry of Petroleum Sources to grant N145m for the media marketing campaign on the Oil Trade Regulation for himself.

The worker was anticipated to award the contract to competent corporations with technical expertise.

The session is contained within the Federation Auditor Common’s 2015 report, at the moment being examined by the SPAC chaired by Senator Matthew Urhoghide.

The session says: “The entire quantity of N145m was permitted by the Ministerial Bidding Council and paid to a administration group for promoting on digital billboards, tv jingles and newspaper publication.

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“The target is to create consciousness of the marketing campaign for the Oil Trade Regulation.

“The contract ought to have been awarded to competent and technically skilled corporations by public bidding, with a purpose to guarantee transparency and accountability.

“The invoices and cost receipts, which ought to have been from the supposed corporations and entities, whose companies had been contracted within the implementation of this system, weren’t the topic of an auditing contest. “

The President of the Fee on the panel sitting on Thursday requested the consultant of the Everlasting Secretary of the Ministry of Petroleum Sources, Godwin Akubo, to answer the allegation.

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The Ministry stated: “The Press Director has intensive expertise with protection.

“His involvement bridged the ministry and the media primarily based on public relations.

“He helped to speed up and attain the audience in time, so his service was a blessing to the Ministry.”

Akubo was, nevertheless, unable to provide invoices and receipts for the N145m that the ministry spent to hold out the media marketing campaign below the Oil Trade Act.

Urhoghide, nevertheless, introduced assist for the session and demanded a refund of the N145m to the federation’s account.

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