Dyepkazah Shibayan, Abuja
House of Representatives on Wednesday, mandated its committees on Petroleum Resources and Public Procurement to investigate a $260 million contract awarded by the National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS).
The committees has four weeks to conclude the investigation.
The resolution by the lower chamber was sequel to a motion entitled “need to investigate the $260 million contract awarded by NAPIMS” sponsored by Hon. Babatunde Kolawole.
Kolawale, while moving the motion, had alleged that NAPIMS, a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), granted approval for Esso Exploration (a subsidiary of Exxon Mobil) to award four single source contracts for projects in Exxon Mobil’s Usan Deep Water project for the sum of $260 million without going through a tendering process.
Kolawole said NAPIMS had through three memorandum dated October 13, 2014, February 10, 2015 and April 16, 2015 nominated four companies to execute the contracts in violation of due process and without approval from both the Board of the NNPC and its Group Executive Committee (GEC).
“There is need for the House to investigate the illegally awarded contract by NAPIMS.
“To further buttress my point this contract was awarded by the NNPC without approval violating due process. Government is continuum and it is expected that the matter is investigated, “He said.
Contributing to the motion, Gabriel Onyinfe said the motion is based on the responsibility of the National Assembly emphasizing that the House is mandated to investigate such matters.
The House unanimously adopted the motion after it was put to a voice vote by the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara.