By Ahamefula Ogbu

November 16, 2011

The Federal Executive Council Presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan Wednesday directed the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to investigate and prosecute a contractor who allegedly used false documents to get a 1.6 kilometre road at Apapa for N2.2 billion.

The said company is to risk a five-year ban and fine of 25 per cent of the contract sum in accordance with the provisions of the Public Procurement Act from handling jobs in the country if found guilty of the said allegation of fake documentation or forgery while every officer involved would be liable on conviction to three years imprisonment.

Director General of the Bureau of Public Enterprises, Engineer Emeka Eze,  who came to brief State House Correspondents with the Minister of Information, Mr. Labaran Maku, Minister of Education,  Raqquyyat Rufai, Minister of Agriculture, Mr. Akinwunmi Adesina, Minister of Transport, Senator Idris Umar and Minister of State for Finance, Yerima Ngama, said he does not want to disclose the name of the company so that it would not run away and evade justice or interfere with investigations before prosecution, adding that they discovered the case during documentation.

He said that the amount should not be the issue as people may consider it mall but said it marks the resolve to enforce the law which will also not spare anyone or company found to have underhand dealings in public procurement…Read more.