Members of the Senate Public Accounts Committee expressed shock on Thursday when the report by the Federation’s Auditor Normal revealed that officers on the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Sources spent N116 million to purchase biros, letterhead and toners in a 12 months.
The breakdown of bills confirmed that the ministry spent N14.5 million to purchase Schneider biros, N46 million to print the ministry’s letterhead and N56 million to buy toner for its photocopiers.
The AuGF said this in its 2015 audit report, at the moment being examined by the Senate committee led by Senator Mathew Urhoghide.
The AuGF Workplace session says: “The Schneider provide contract for N14.5m was divided into smaller packages of lower than N5m every and was awarded to 4 totally different firms to be able to circumvent the approval restrict of the everlasting secretary of N5m.
“Likewise, the contract for printing the Ministry’s letterhead for N46m was additionally divided and awarded to 11 totally different contractors.
“As well as, the N56m toner provide contract was cut up and awarded to seven totally different contractors. The everlasting secretary was requested to elucidate this violation of the 2007 Public Procurement Regulation. ”
The president of SPAC requested the consultant of the Ministry of Petroleum Sources, Godwin Akubo, to answer the AuGF session.
The ministry, in its response, stated: “The ministry’s motion was a fast response to the wants of the varied departments of the Ministry of Petroleum Sources. These awards adopted regular guidelines and procedures.
“The contracts weren’t divided. They had been awarded to a number of contractors at totally different instances when gadgets had been wanted.
“The sum of N46.6m used for letterhead printing adopted due course of and the massive sum of cash is defined by the quantity of manufacturing for many departments.
Dissatisfied with the protection of the everlasting secretary of the ministry, the chairman of the fee accepted the session.
He requested the committee’s secretariat to doc the cash spent and request reimbursement from officers concerned within the ministry.