BY Festus Okoromadu, Abuja –
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has stated that the Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano Gas (AKK) Pipeline contract was never at any time approved by the president and was not resubmitted before the Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday December 13, 2017 for approval and to correct any infringement on due process “in the initial approval given by the president.”
According to the statement issued by the management of the corporation, “It is important for the general public to note that no contracting process was breached in the AKK nor any contracts handled by NNPC.
“It is also pertinent for the general public to note that the AKK tender which was considered and endorsed by NTB on 12th July 2017 for consideration by FEC, was never approved by Mr President nor considered by FEC prior to 13th December, 2017.
The clarification by NNPC became necessary following an online report last week to the effect that the AKK contract, which it alleged was fraught with irregularities was approved by the president earlier in the year, but had to be resubmitted to FEC last Wednesday “to correct the irregularities.”
The NNPC management described the claims as “yet misrepresentations and maliciously putting the truth on its head so as to mislead the general public.”
It notes that “The NNPC tendering process requires that all contracts are presented for approval by the NNPC Tenders Board (NTB). Where the contract is above NTB’s threshold of $20million, the NTB endorses the contract to FEC for consideration. The AKK tender followed exactly this process.
“It is therefore most unfortunate the continued claim that there was an approval for the contract and that it had to be represented to the FEC again to correct any infringement.
“NNPC believes that it is necessary to make the above clarifications in order to clear the insinuations that might have arisen from the misleading statements in the minds of the public.”