By ADEBIYI ADEDAPO, Abuja
Contrary to allegations of procurement scam in the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), the Platform for Justice and Transparency in Governance has discovered that the agency did not award a single contract in 2017.
The Platform, a civil society organisations in a letters addressed to the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) disclosed that fund was not released to the agency from the 2017 budget and as such wouldn’t be able to award any contract.
According to the letter dated 13th November, jointly signed by the Executive Director of the Platform, Muhammed Nazir Galadanchi and the Secretary, Nasir Sa’idu, the purported petition was a deliberate plot to distract and frustrate the Director General, Dr. Isa Ali’s anti-corruption drive in the agency.
“our investigation was carried out in order to bring to the fore, the true situation for the sake of justice, transparency. Out investigation reveals that NITDA has not awarded a single contract for the year 2017. We found out that until recently, no fund was released for NITDA for the year and as such the agency wouldn’t have been able to award any contract.”
The Platform however urged EFCC to disregard any attempt to tarnish image and good reputation of public officials by faceless organisations.
“We unequivocally call on the EFCC to disregard any attempt to tarnish the image and good reputation of public officials by debunking any false smean campaign carried out by mischief makers.”
The letter further stated that due to non-availability of funds, the Internet service supplied to NITDA by Galaxy Backbone Plc has not been paid for in the last four months.
“It is instructive to note that our further investigation reveals that even though Galaxy Backbone Plc is a federal government owned company, NITDA is determined to work with and award contracts to only companies that meet all procurement regulations, regardless of its promoters.”
“Investigation also revealed that Galaxy Backbone offered to charge about 60% less of what NITDA paid to Bandwidth in the past and that the previous Internet Provider doesn’t even have a compliance document to continue to do business with the agency.”
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