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2018 budget approved projects not abandoned: Communications Ministry

By News Express on 10/04/2019

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•Communications Minister, Adebayo Shittu
•Communications Minister, Adebayo Shittu

The Ministry of Communications has debunked what it termed “misleading press report” that it was berated by the Senate for abandoning 104 projects in the 2018 budget approval.

A statement signed by Mr. Bolaji Kazeem, Special Adviser on Media to the Communications Minister, said this is not a true picture of the situation and that the report is unfortunate because no projects have commenced that would have been abandoned by the Ministry of Communications.

The statement reads: “The fact of the matter is that contracts award/execution was delayed by the Minister of Communications to address petitions from participants in the procurement process which have saved the Federal Government N600million from review committee set up by the Honourable Minister of Communications.

“The Ministry of Communications has executed projects approved by the National Assembly based on the funds made available to it and has not abandoned any 104 projects in 2018.

“It is on record that budget approval was delayed for about seven months in 2018 which cascaded into the budget implementation of the Ministry, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) under it in 2018.

“As we are all aware, the process of procurement has laid down rules and regulations which has nine essential steps such as procurement plan, adequate appropriation, advertisement, transparent pre-qualification, tender, bid submission/opening, bid evaluation, tender board approval and contract award/execution/ project implementation which have to be adhered to strictly, by the Ministerial Tenders Board (MTB) headed by the Permanent Secretary.

“Not only that, many of the projects are rollover projects from the previous year which have not been fully funded due to the paucity of funds.

“After the processes were completed and forwarded to the Minister for approval, petitions emerged from the participants and the Minister withheld the approval and set up a committee to look into the petitions in order to ensure fairness, transparency, accountability, and justice not only to the petitioners but also to the government.

“It is imperative to state here that ‘justice denied to one is justice denied all’. The Ministry under the leadership of Dr. Adebayo Shittu is very strict when it comes to issues of justice, accountability, and incorruptibility. He has therefore ensured that all necessary rules and regulations guiding award and implementation of contracts are strictly adhered to in the Ministry.

“The Committee has submitted its report and necessary action has been taken to ensure that the whole processes are fair, transparent and incorruptible and that justice prevail so that all stakeholders would be satisfied that fairness prevailed in the award of  contracts in the Ministry of Communications.”

Source News Express

Posted 10/04/2019





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