The Indonesian Sustainable Coffee Platform (SCOPI), in collaboration with the International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC) (www.ITFC-idb.org), has held a National Master Trainer (MT) Meeting.
This hybrid activity is the culmination of the Training of Trainers events held on September 4 and 5, 2022.
The extensionist for sustainable coffee or called Master Trainer (MT) is the main SCOPI program since 2015 to disseminate the National Curriculum of Sustainable Coffee Practices.
The National Meeting of MTs in 2022 is the implementation of the SCOPI-ITFC cooperation program that is expected to facilitate knowledge transfer among SCOPI MTs and with stakeholders on the latest opportunities and challenges in the coffee sector.
In addition, this activity is also intended to be a preparation for future TM skills update programs.
The National Meeting of TM was opened with the words of Mr. Richard Atmadja, President of the Executive Board of SCOPI.
He said that the need for a competent MT is one of the answers to increase the productivity of the Arabica coffee sector.
Therefore, increasing the income of farmers in the upstream sector and increasing opportunities to develop higher value Arabica coffee exports can be achieved.
Through a long-term program with ITFC, SCOPI seeks to train highly competent extension workers through the Master Trainer Refresher Program.
While the Governor of Aceh - Achmad Marzuki, in his speech, represented by Ir. Iskandar Syukri, as a member of the expert staff of the Governor of Aceh for the specialty of Aceh, Human Resources and Cooperation Relations, said: “Tanah Gayo coffee has been the center of attention in both domestic and international markets.
The production of Arabica Gayo coffee reaches 4% of all premium Arabica coffee production in all of Indonesia.
Gayo Arabica coffee is the result of the management of natural resources by farmers belonging to the town.
For this reason, special attention, supported by multi-stakeholder collaboration, is needed to promote sustainable coffee practices in Aceh.” “Aceh Tengah is one of the centers of the best Arabica coffee processing industry in the world, with 70% of the production exported to international markets.
However, unpredictable weather conditions are believed to cause a decline in coffee production in central Aceh. Through the National TM Meeting, it is expected that there will be an increase in the competence of extensionists for coffee farmers in Central Aceh and at the national level to apply GAP and GHP to manage coffee plants in a better and more sustainable way.
.” - Drs. Shabela Abubakar, in her intervention represented by Mr. Harun Manzola as Assistant for the Economy and Development of Aceh Tengah.
In line with others, ITFC COO M.
Nazeem Noordali commented: “ITFC is focused on making trade work for everyone in Indonesia by collaborating with leading local entities like SCOPI to build capacity and facilitate knowledge transfer.
We look forward to continuing their successful collaboration program with SCOPI to foster sustainable trade by increasing the quantity and quality of Indonesian coffee production."
In the forum discussion, the MTs explained what the condition of the coffee sector is like in each area of MT work and the opportunities that could be exploited in the future.
The discussion continued with presentations by Mr. Bagus Prassetya as Program Manager of SCOPI and Mr. Arief Wicaksono as LSPP of the Ministry of Agriculture on the plan for the MT capacity building program through national certification in the field.
of sustainable coffee.
In order to have a greater focus, the activity continued with the discussion of the follow-up plan of the competency improvement program by each MT in their work area.
The last session of the discussion was filled with an explanation from Mr. Nuzul Qudri of World Coffee Research (WCR) on the integrated efforts in adaptation and mitigation of climate change that threatens the sustainability of coffee cultivation around the world.
The activity of the National MT Meeting closed with a field visit to BPP Bebesen as the location of a demonstration plot for the SCOPI-ITFC cooperation program.
The implementation of the National TM Meeting cannot be separated from the support of the Aceh Provincial Government, Central Aceh District Government, Karo District Government, Global Coffee Platform and PT.
Pupuk Iskandar Muda as a subsidiary of Pupuk Indonesia Holding Company through the Ministry's BUMN program, namely PMO Kopi Nusantara.
The establishment of PMO Kopi Nusantara is a form of commitment and concern of the Ministry of Public Enterprises to improve the coffee industry in Indonesia through the synergy of stakeholders to develop a good ecosystem of the commercial supply chain of coffee in Indonesia.
The Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) has sought the partnership of Bureau for Public Procurement (BPP) in infrastructure development, using private sector funding.
Mr Michael Ohiani, Director-General, ICRC, said this in a statement signed by Patrick Ederaro, Acting Head, Media and Publicity, ICRC, on Friday in Abuja.
Ohiani, who led a team of ICRC management staff on a courtesy visit to BPP Director-General, Mr Mamman Ahmadu, said that the function of both organisations was interwoven.
He said it was on this basis that there was need to deepen collaboration between the two organisations.
According to him, the BPP has been an immense contributor to the work of the ICRC over the years.
The ICRC boss said that deeper collaboration would bring about more efficiency in delivering Public Private Partnership Projects.
“Given the strategic position your organisation takes in the Nigerian economy and taking into consideration that we are also a regulator of procurement, we decided to pay a courtesy visit and see how we can collaborate further.
“We want to use the opportunity to appreciate the work you have been doing with your team.
“We want to also appreciate how you have been able to help the country make savings by chopping off excesses in projects.
“We are also here because of the need for the two agencies to have synergy.
We already have existing collaboration but we want to deepen it and tap from our team of experts,” he said.
On his part, Ahmadu said there was need for collaboration between ICRC and the bureau.
“We are doing the same thing except for method and line of funding.
If the funding is from public resources, it comes to BPP, if the funding is from the private sector it comes to ICRC.
“The methods of evaluation are different but they are basically the same.
We are trying to deliver services through projects to the country, ” he said.
The BPP boss recalled that few decades ago, he had come across many laudable projects, some of them being executed by states.
He said that Nigeria needed to begin delivering such projects again, such as the Ajaokuta Steel Company and the Vehicle Assembly Plants.
Ahmadu said that the current problems of Nigeria could not be solved without making reference to history.
”Hstory provides a platform to examine where you are coming from and plan for the future.
“So, we are doing the same thing but there is a lot of space for us to share our experiences and guide ourselves to achieve our goals,” he said.
The Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply Management of Nigeria (CIPSMN) has urged the Federal Government, especially the Head of Service (HOS) to professionalise procurement functions in civil service to curb corruption.
The North Central Coordinator of the institute, Mr Abdul Mamman said this at the 2022 Group B Induction Ceremony of new members in Abuja on Friday.
Mamman said that professionalising procurement would make people opened to the vagaries and complexities of procurement and understand the technicalities and as such when challenged, they would be able to offer services effectively in line with international best practices.
“In Nigeria today, there are people who are doing this particular job by way of “man-know-man’’ and they never understand the fundamentals of dignity involved than carries the integrity in procurement.
“And, there have been several calls that procurement activities in Nigeria are areas where much of the corrupt activities are done.
“But as it is, most of our members who are professionals are usually not allowed to do what they are to do but rather those who are first to get it are not qualified,” he said.
According to him, the ethics of the profession is taught and endangered in the practice of procurement and supply chain in Nigeria.
“As at the time we wanted to carry out this reform, we decided to domesticate the law as obtained in other countries and other spheres.
“But the first chapter of that law that has to do with national council of public procurement has been violated; it has not been inaugurated till this moment.
“It is only the current administration that tried in 2017 to inaugurate the council, the council is supposed to be a board to the Bureau of Public procurement (BPP) as the BPP is supposed to be a secretariat.
” But now it has no board overseeing their activities which is inimical to utilising the content of that particular law which was passed in 2007 by the government of late President Umaru Yaradua ,” he said.
According to him, as a result of that, what we have today is that people tend to believe there are no sanctions that can be meted on them.
He, therefore, called on the government to inaugurate the council to oversee and take up their respective positions as embedded in the law so as to intervene in the activities of the bureau.
Also, the Executive Officer (CEO) of the institute, Alhaji Mohammed Aliyu, called on government at all levels to adopt good principles and standards for procurement and public financial management.
Aliyu also called on government to implement procurement guidelines to ensure compliance with Public Procurement Act 2007 to ensure maximum transparency in bidding processes or public contracts.
He said that there was need to domesticate and apply the principles of procurement in the system for probity and accountability.
“Procurement is a peculiar case that everybody wants to do the job without the knowledge but the issue still remains that an area where you don’t have knowledge, you do it wrongly.
“The institute is working very hard to ensure that best practice is domesticated in our country.
“That is the bane of the problem we have in our country where everybody thinks that resources have to be mismanaged because resources of this country is into procurement of contracts and services,” he said.
According to him, based on a study carried out by the World Bank in conjunction with the institute, it clearly stated that 80 to 90 per cent of the entire budget goes to the procurement contract and services.
He, therefore, called on the Federal Government to give proper recognition to the procurement practice in the schemes of service.
He said that doing this would not create tussle and the current opportunity for the usurpation of the functions of procurement professionals at any given time.
Also, the President of the institute, Alhaji Jibrin Ado, said the country was losing resources due to leakages caused by unprofessional.
“We are losing resources through a lot of leakages and the major reason has to do with procurement, so there is need to professionalize procurement so that offices that are supposed to handle the procurement are professionals,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Occasion, Prof. Mohammed Yunusa, said that the issue of purchasing and supply chain was an age long practice that required given value for money.
Yunusa said that the development process of any given country was driven by procurement process and as such must be accorded priority.
He said that the National Universities Commission (NUC) realised this and created six centres to close the knowledge and skills gaps in procurement and supply chains.
He, therefore, urged the inductees to take advantage of the centres in the universities to increase their various skills.
One of the inductees, Gabriel Goodwill, expressed optimism that the problems caused by lack of professionals in the area of procurement would be addressed.
‘ I want to actually appreciate God for the time spent to be inducted today as an associate member of this great institute .
“What I am going to put on the table is to ensure that what I have been taught is brought to bear in my works by ensuring value for money in all transactions and contracts procceedings and following the due process as enshrined in the act,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the institute had so far inducted over 3,000 graduates into the institute with over 400 graduands inducted in the group B batch of the ceremony.
Stakeholders in the automobile industry have appealed for the speedy passage of the Automobile Policy to engender growth in the industry.
At the Maiden Auto CEOs Forum held in Abuja on Thursday, they also decried lack of an Auto Purchase Credit Scheme for Nigerians purchase vehicles on a staggered payment scheme.
They argued that if such scheme was made available, people would be able to buy new vehicles and the business of local assemblers in the country would thrive.
Mr Remi Olaife, Executive Director, Nigeria Automobile Manufacturers Association (NAMA) said that lack of political will was the main constraint of the industry.
”We are not ready as a country to move.
How long are we going to wait.
”The Auto policy was approved during President Goodluck Jonathan administration and till date they are still trying to make it a law.
”All what is said today has already been said.
If we do not have the political will, nothing gets done.
The funds are there, it is for us to decide what we want to do.
Representing the Director-General of BPP, the Director of Procurement, Mr Eze Obasi, urged the automobile companies to upgrade their status to enable them benefit from the bureau’s policy.
”Federal Government have a policy aimed at enabling indeginious firms to grow.
”We recommend agencies to patronise upgraded companies who have met all the requirements of tax clearance, CAC registration, PENCOM certifications, ITF and NSITF.
”However, there is need for a deliberate collaboration among you.
You also need to collaborate with smaller firms that can provide the necessary components you need to thrive.
”If you are not registered with the bureau, you cannot do business with the government,”Obasi said.
Earlier, the former Acting Director-General, National Automotive Design and Development Council(NADDC), Lukman Mamood, urged the NAMA to come together in one voice.
He said they should form a formidable force that would engage the government and relevant stakeholders on the way forward for the industry.
He said the objective of the policy was to establish a dynamic fiscal policy to attract and sustain investments.
”It is aimed to one million automobiles for transport, mining and agriculture, attract FDI and renew Nigerian vehicle stock and reverse pressure on balance of payment and strengthen the naira.
”It is also aimed at establishing automotive manufacturing infrastructure and increase industry employment among other things,” Mamood said.
He said the requirements for the industry’s development, however, entailed incentives and supportive measures, legislation, market and skills development among other things.
The Controller of Customs, Musa Baba, said that the industry had to be private driven for effective and efficient growth.
On purchase of vehicles, he said: ”We have to look into financing of the industry, that is the purchase of vehicles.
”Also, let us identify people who have true passion to push through the objectives of the forum.
”Meanwhile, the Chief Executive Officer, Nord Automobiles Ltd., Oluwatobi Atayi, decried the non financing of automobile business in Nigeria due to high interest rate.
He urged that the National Automotive Council (NAC) levy on importation of vehicles to the country should be channeled as supposed to the automobile industry.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the forum was attended by stakeholders and players in the industry.
The Federal Government has expressed readiness to introduce electronic procurement into the Federal Procurement System to make contract documentation easy and effective.
The Director-General, Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP), Mr Mamman Ahmadu, made this known during the opening of the three-day 2022 Federal Permanent Secretaries Procurement Retreat in Uyo on Friday.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the event was organised by BPP in collaboration with the Office of the Head of Service of the Federation.
The theme is ‘Strengthening Public Procurement for Optimal Effectiveness.”
Ahmadu said that the electronic procurement system was currently being developed by the bureau in collaboration with the World Bank.
According to him, the Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs) have been selected as pilot procuring entities before the full roll out of the system service-wide.
“One of the areas of discussion in this retreat is the introduction of e-procurement into the federal procurement system.
“The e-procurement system is being developed by the bureau in collaboration with the World Bank.
“As the drivers of the procurement reforms in your ministries, it is important that the information is brought to your attention before deploying it.
“Federal Permanent Secretaries are recognised as accounting officers in the ministries under Section 20, sub-section 1 of the Public Procurement Act, 2007.
“This places them at the heart of the procurement process as they are liable in person for the breach or contravention of this act or any of the regulations.
“It is utmost important that permanent secretaries are properly apprised with the fundamental principles of procurement in order to avoid the banana peels,” he said.
The director-general noted that the benefits to be derived from the electronic procurement system were tremendous.
He urged respective ministries that would be the drivers of the procurement system to abreast themselves with all the information before commencement of the system.
In her remark, the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Dr Folasade Esan, said the law regulating public procurement process existed to ensure that public funds and resources were responsibly utilised with the objective of obtaining value for money spent.
Esan urged permanent secretaries to use greater security and discretion before granting approvals for award of contracts which should be within the approval threshold and in conformity with other extant financial regulations.
She commended the BPP for organising the retreat and advised participants to make good use of the opportunity by gathering appropriate information to help in their job.
In his remarks, Gov. Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom said that public procurement remained an indispensable and sensitive process that should be properly managed to ensure the well-being of any economy.
Emmanuel, represented by the Deputy Governor, Mr Moses Ekpo, said that public procurement should reflect public concerns, efficiency, transparency, cost-effectiveness and above all, give value for money.
He said that prior to the enactment of the act, corruption in procurement, according to reports, accounted for large fractions of government’s total budget.
“Let me therefore, commend the collaborative efforts of the Office of the Head of Service of the Federation and the BPP in organising this retreat.
“It is expected that this retreat holding in this blessed land of promise will spur great transformation in the critical sectors of our economy and entrench due process in all procurement activities for the good of the people,” he said.
NAN reports that permanent secretaries were drawn from all MDAs for the three-day retreat.
The Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP), says it is working to achieve the World Bank funded Sustainable Procurement Environmental and Social Standards Enhancement Project (SPESSE).
The Director-General of BPP, Mamman Ahmadu said this in a statement on Monday in Abuja, while expressing support to the SPESSE team in the bureau.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the SPESSE is funded through the World Bank finance support.
Ahmadu expressed resolve to support the SPESSE team and promised to engage all stakeholders to key into the process of developing a professional procurement system that will meet global standard.
He said that the SPESSE project was designed to start from 2020 – 2024 with 23 ministries as pilot organisations.
The statement also quoted Prof Bola Afolabi, a SPESSE
Senior Procurement Specialist as saying “the project is aimed at professionalising procurement in Nigeria’’.
According to Afolabi, the set benchmark is to establish a professional procurement practice of world-class standard.
He said that the programme would require about 80 million dollars to become fully operational.
The procurement specialist said that 80 per cent of the budget was meant to establish centres of excellence where stakeholders would be trained and retrained to align with government policies.
The statement also quoted Bayo Awosemusi, a procurement specialist with the World Bank as saying “all stakeholders, including private practitioners should be involved to enable the project succeed’’. (NAN)
The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) says that the application of modern technologies and the digitization of its operations has resulted in a reduction in deaths and accidents on the road, improving the efficient provision of the service.
FRSC Corp Marshal Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi said this during FRSC's presentation at a seminar on "Application of Modern Technology and Digitization to Reduce Road Accidents in Nigeria".
The Public Service Reforms (BPSR) seminar was organized on Tuesday in Abuja.
Dr. Oyeyemi listed the ways the commission had digitized its services to include: UHF/VHF communication, use of radar weapons for speed limit enforcement, and computerized production of national driver's licenses.
Others are the national driver's license database, the national vehicle identification scheme, the digitization of the offender registry and the guard room information management system (DRIMS).
The Corps Marshall said the list also includes the Digital Dashboard, QMS Adoption, APER Personnel Digitization, CUG Adoption, Road Transport Security Standardization Scheme (RTSSS), and a robust website.
It also listed Installation of V-sat in all commands, digitization of the electronic payment/fine collection platform and free Call Center (122).
Others are the introduction of the Driving School Normalization Program, Adoption of digital applications 24 (portals) and the E-library.
According to him, the list also includes the adoption of Internet-enabled body cameras, the development of the Nigerian Road Safety Observatory, and the improved road safety data collection system.
However, he noted that while many Nigerians were resistant to switching from analog to digital means of operation, the commission is gradually convincing them of the need to embrace the changes.
“One of the challenges is resistance to change.
“Many people still believe that they must live in this monolithic way of doing things and that is what I call 'exclusionary disorder'.
“They don't want to change; people are still resisting current technology and there is a huge gap regarding this penny.
“Funding Shortage: Not all MDAs have a way to do this; then, financing is another problem.
“In my previous discussion, I talked about inadequate capacity and equipment; not all MDAs have this either.
“Then a long transition time, it depends; leadership determines how you can migrate from analog to digital.
"And the hiring hurdles: you have to be prepared to stand up to the BPP (Office of Public Procurement) and justify what you want to do."
The Corp Marshal provided recommendations for a successful transition from analog to digital technology to improve service delivery.
“For my recommendation, I think digitization should be prioritized; Electronic government must be mandatory.
“Funding for MDAs must be increased, staff capacity development in IT must be increased, and human capacity development must be sustained.
“Senior management acceptance; leadership is very critical, so buy-in from senior management needs to be emphasized,” Boboye said.
reports that the Federal Road Safety Corps has digitized all its operations in line with the United Nations Road Safety Trust Fund, recommending technology as a key factor in its Global Framework Action Plan for Management Improvement of road safety.
Earlier, BPSR Director General Mr. Dasuki Arabi said that digitization on roads generates huge data from heterogeneous sources such as sensors, vehicle-to-vehicle communication and road infrastructure.
He said such data could be used to predict traffic flow, crash accidents and travel time, and this is possible in learning and vision nodes.
“We deliberately brought the Highway Safety Corps here to show them as one of those government agencies that has agreed to transform itself; They have been transformed and are being transformed.
“Now, we want to take this opportunity to see and encourage other government agencies to do what the Highway Safety Corps is doing.
“Especially, to be ambassadors and good means to update the e-government master plan of the Federal Government, which is using technology to boost its services, to execute its services so that together we can move forward together towards the 2030 deadline of the Federal Public Service. out of paper. in Nigeria,” Arabi said.
Mr. Emmanuel Jime, Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Shippers' Council (NSC), says the council will provide more quality services when corruption is tackled.
Jime said this on Wednesday when the Head of the Anti-Corruption and Governance Reforms (TUGAR) Technical Unit, Joan Onwulere, took her team to visit him in Abuja.
According to him, corruption, among other challenges, is limiting the progress of Nigeria's maritime sector and this needs to be addressed.
While praising the TUGAR team for the good job they were doing, Jime pledged the NSC's continued support for the team in measuring the sanity of the maritime industry.
”Let us also be aware that there are still several ways to go, there is much work to be done.
“What we do at the NSC, because of the important role we play in regulating the commercial sector of the maritime domain, there is no way we can provide quality services if those services are mitigated by corruption.
“We are in this together and it is a battle that I think can be won, but we have to continue this work to its logical ends.
”I want to thank you for coming and assure you even more that what is necessary in terms of support from the chargers council is concerned.
"Financing, provision of equipment the best we've been able to do so far, we can only continue to do and do even more," Jime said.
According to the head of the NSC, TUGAR's work aligns with the wish of the administration led by President Muhammadu Buhari, and the NSC and all well-meaning Nigerians should support it.
On the implementation of the Nigerian Port Process Manual (NPPM), the executive secretary said that one of his challenges was that the NSC was the only agency bearing his burden.
”I am sorry to say that the biggest challenge it may face in the future is that the shippers' council seems to have been bearing the burden of implementing the port process manual on its own.
“This is supposed to be an interagency platform, so we can use this platform to appeal to all the other government agencies that are partners in what we do to also join the shippers' council to help.
”So that we don't have the kind of funding challenge that we're having right now.
Earlier, the TUGAR team leader thanked the NSC for the level of support it had received in the past and called for more support in the future.
According to Onwulere, the team has achieved many milestones since its inception and thanks to the support of the council.
He listed some of the achievements to include the training of corruption risk assessors, the launch of the corruption risk assessment report, the Port Service Support Portal (PSSP), the recently launched NPPM, among others.
The Nigerian News Agency reports that TUGAR is made up of the Ministries of Transport and Fice, NPA, NCS, NIS, NIMASA, NDLEA, CRFFN, ICPC and BPP.
The Independent Commission on Corrupt Practices and Related Crimes, ICPC, has discovered how some members of the National Assembly, notably a senator representing Kano North, Barau Jibrin, conspired with government agencies to obtain government contracts worth billions of dollars. nairas.
Among such contracts exposed by the ICPC are the contracts awarded to Sinti Nig. Ltd, owned by Mr. Jibrin, who is the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee.
The findings of the anti-bribery agency are contained in a report entitled: “Report of Phase 3 of the Executive and Electoral Follow-up Exercise” presented to President Muhammadu Buhari by ICPC President Bolaji Owasanoye.
The report says in part: “Dramatis personae in the conception and implementation of publicly funded projects use the influence of their office for personal aggrandizement to the detriment of the public.
“Sponsoring legislators, their assistants, and senior executing agency officials use both subtle and strong influence to assign project contracts to companies in which they directly or indirectly have a substantial interest.
“There are significant testimonies and evidence of lack of adherence in practice to the contracting rules and compliance with the provision of the Procurement Law.
“In November 2020, Sinti Nig. Ltd, a company owned by the sponsor, received a contract from the Sokoto Rima Basin Development Authority in the amount of N199,950,000 for an empowerment supplies project in the North Senate District of Kano.
“It was a project sponsored by Senator Jibrin Barau of the North Kano Senate District. Sinti Nig. Ltd has been known for this as it featured prominently in the Phase 2 Report for it and other forms of violations.
"In collaboration with the BPP, this company, like many others, will be recommended for the blacklist."
Documents obtained by DAILY NIGERIAN show that Mr. Jibrin is the majority shareholder of Sinti Nigeria Limited. His sons Zainab Jibrin, Shawal Jibrin and Khalil Jibrin are on the company's board of directors.
Petition to EFCC against senator for corruption
A petition recently sent to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, shows that Mr. Jibrin is also the sole owner of ENGR. ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING JIBRIL POWER (BN 2431830).
The directors of Sinti Nigerian Limited, the company famously cited by ICPC in its report to the president, are also on the boards of Talgo Luxury Estate Investment Nig Ltd (RC1312306) - owned by Khalil Jibrin and; Zajib Multipurpose Commercial Stores (BN2637321) - Owned by Zainab Jibrin (07038623249).
According to the petition, the companies are being actively used by the Senator to obtain contracts without due process and to launder public funds.
“The contract for the completion of 13 Study Centers in the North Kano Senate District, captured in the 2020 budget with Code ERGP22582428 at the cost of N430m under the Ministry of Education was awarded to SINITI NIGERIA LIMITED,” the petition reads.
Although the project was abandoned, the federal government paid the money for the project.
The petition further reads: “The Senator further padded the Federation Secretary of Government's budget to illegally include the sum of N40m with Budget Code No. ERGP86582461 for the purpose of conducting medical outreach in the Senate District of Kano North. The funds were delivered at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, particularly during the national shutdown and when medical staff were overloaded and unable to embark on medical outreach activities.
“The Senator also directly benefited from the Contract for the repairs and rehabilitation of the Senate district of Getso Dam Kano North, captured in the 2020 budget as ERGP 22583468 of the Ministry of Water Resources. The third trench payment made was the sum of N16m. The dam is still in a state of ruin. There is no repair or rehabilitation in the dam ”.
Efforts to speak to the senator were unsuccessful, as calls through his three mobile phone lines were not made.
Abuja's Federal High Court on Friday dismissed a lawsuit against Federation Attorney General AGF and Justice Minister Abubakar Malami and others, challenging the appointment of a consultant to monitor spending of the $ 311 million repatriated. booty from the former head of state, Sani Abacha.
Judge Inyang Ekwo, in a judgment, ruled that the lawsuit was unfounded because there was no credible evidence to support the case.
“I said that this court decides this case on the basis of its particular facts and circumstances.
“This type of action is such that it must succeed on its own strength and not on the weakness or failure of the defense.
“I can safely say at this point that I am unable to place any probative value on the documentary evidence in this case.
“So my conclusion is that there is no credible evidence to support this case and it fails and I stand by it.
“I make an order dismissing this case for lack of credible evidence.
"This is the judgment of this court," Judge Ekwo said.
The PPP Advisory, the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Center, the CISLAC and Issa Shuaibu & Co. (as the PPP Advisories Consortium) are respectively the 1st and 3rd applicants.
The plaintiffs, through their lawyer, Daniel Bwala, sued AGF and the Minister of Justice; the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Justice, Dayo Apata, SAN (President, Ministerial Procurement Council); and the Public Procurement Office, BPP, respectively as the first to the third defendant in the case.
In a subpoena marked: FHC / ABJ / CS / 1449/2020, the plaintiffs requested the court to declare that their challenge "by the defendants, as communicated by a letter dated July 28, 2020, in which the Applicants submitted were not found to be compliant due to the fact that the lead partner is not a registered civil society organization (CSO) is unlawful, illegal and void.
They asserted that having satisfied the requirement of the RFP for monitoring the implementation of the tripartite agreement for the sharing, transfer, disposal, repatriation and management of confiscated goods and the whole bidding process, they urged the court to declare that the procuring entity can no longer disqualify its technical bid after the prequalification of the technical bid and the issuance of the letter of invitation to the opening of financial offers.
They also requested a court declaration that their disqualification "on the basis of a request from one of the bidders without confronting the claimants with the request is contrary to the principle of a fair trial", among others.
The plaintiffs therefore requested a court order, "quashing the decision of the public procurement committee finding the plaintiffs' technical and financial proposal non-compliant."
"An order directing the defendants to issue a letter declaring the plaintiffs as the winning bidder and inviting the plaintiffs to negotiate, obtained the highest combined technical and financial score and therefore became the winner of the bid."
They also requested the court to award the sum of fifty million naira as the cost of the lawsuit, and the 10 percent of the sum of the judgment to be granted by the court per year until its liquidation.
They asserted, inter alia, that the 1st Applicant is a business name registered in Nigeria with the Corporate Affairs Commission (hereinafter referred to as CAC) which provides advisory services for procurement, finance and development activities. 'infrastructure.
NAN reports that the court ruled on January 27 that it would give the prosecution an expedited hearing.
The court warned the parties not to do anything to thwart the subject matter of the lawsuit.
The applicants, who said they were better qualified as a monitoring consultant, contested the choice of the CLEEN Foundation to perform the contract.
The defendants, in their notice of preliminary objections, challenged the court's jurisdiction to adjudicate the case, urging the court to dismiss the action
NAN reports that approximately $ 311 million in Abacha loot was repatriated from the United States of America and the Bailiwick of Jersey in Nigeria in February 2020.
Part of the conditions for releasing the fund in Nigeria was that the expenditures to be spent on agreed public projects should be monitored by independent bodies.
In accordance with the tripartite agreement between the governments of Nigeria and the two foreign countries, the federal government has allocated funds to three flagship projects: the 2nd Niger Bridge, the Abuja-Kano highway and the Lagos-Ibadan highway.
It also set up a competitive bidding process with 17 organizations that have expressed interest in monitoring the fund's expenditures.
On December 24, 2020, the Federation's Attorney General's Office (AGF) announced that a civil society organization, the CLEEN Foundation, had won the contract.
But one of the bidders, the PPP Advisories Consortium, through its complaint filed before the outcome of the bidding process was made public, challenged the selection process.
The plaintiff in the lawsuit filed on November 3, 2020, argued that he was refused the contract despite having obtained the highest combined technical and financial scores in the tender.
He argued that the federal government arbitrarily disqualified him and "recommended the company that ranked 4th (CLEEN Foundation) as the preferred bidder for contract award."
He added that the federal government had chosen to award the contract to the CLEEN Foundation "which obtained the lowest combined technical and financial score among the four prequalified consultants".