House of Representatives yesterday resolved to investigate an alleged inflation of contract for the Mambilla Multi Purpose Dam and Hydroelectric power project in Taraba State.
This resolve emanated from a motion sponsored by Hon. Austin Chukwukere entitled “Alleged inflation of contract for the Mambilla Multi Purpose Dam and Hydroelectric power project”.
He explained that while the first phase of the project was duly awarded and completed by the companies contracted for the job, the contract for the second phase was alleged to have been awarded by the then minister of Power without recourse to due process.
“The alleged contract was awarded at the cost of USD 6 billion, apparently without recourse to competitive bidding, which is the hallmark of diligence, transparency and accountability in the award of such huge contract.
Thus giving a feeling that the sum may have been inflated”. He said. He also added that the reform in the power sector so far has not yielded the required capacity for the sustenance of stable power generation, distribution and transmission.
It would be recalled that the sum of USD 6,109,729,609 (Six billion, one hundred and nine million, seven hundred and twenty nine thousand , six hundred and nine dollars) was estimated for the power project out of which the Federal government would provide 15 per cent , while the remaining sum would be provided by the contractor.
Also be recalled that the project was to be executed in two phases; while the first phase was strictly for engineering design, the second phase include construction that would last a period of 60 months. The motion was unanimously agreed on by the House which was presided over by the Speaker, Hon. Yakubu Dogara.
– Dyepkazah Shibayan, Abuja