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Because INTELS was deprived of the right to operate the boat by Npa

Because INTELS was deprived of the right to operate the boat by Npa

The ousted CEO of the Nigerian Port Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman, denied allegations that, while in office, he illegally interfered with NPA contractors, including Integrated Logistics Services Limited (INTELS), and resulted in a huge loss of revenue for the country. …

In a statement personally signed by Hadiza Bala Usman on Sunday and made available to Tribune Online, he called reports posted by online media about NPA contracts false and harmful.

According to the executive director of the suspended NPA, “Even today, car publishers went to town with a false report of my alleged disappointment with the Nigerian Port Authority contractors.

“While history has argued that perceived frustration was pervasive among contractors, she had no other case to mention other than the already exaggerated and repeatedly explained case of Integrated Logistics Services Limited (INTELS).

“Even if it is obvious that publications are being sold with malicious intent in such a way that no matter how many times an explanation is given on any of the topics with which they play sensational journalism, they will still pretend that these facts have never been in space. … For the sake of the community of Nigerians, to whom I am obliged to explain whatever step I take in the service of the nation, I present the truth of the INTELS story as follows:

“Neither I nor the Nigeria Port Authority have disobeyed any court order in cases involving INTELS or any other company in this case.

“As a consequence, at the time of the expiration of the boat pilot’s contract between NPA and INTELS by August 8, 2020, there was no court order.

“I must also state that this contract WAS NOT RESOLVED contrary to what the media said.

“For reference, INTELS has been used as the agency’s managing agent for oil-related activities in the mandatory pilotage area of ​​the Nigeria Exclusive Economic Zone.

“This contract began in June 2007 with consideration of a 10-year extension in 2011, which will end in August 2020.

“In 2017, the Office sent INTELS a termination notice for refusing to comply with the Federal Treasury Single Account Policy.

“Upon receipt of the notice of cancellation, the company has complied with the Policy. An additional agreement was signed confirming compliance with the TSA and the notice of termination was subsequently withdrawn.

“In accordance with the Public Procurement Law, the Authority initiated the PUBLIC PURCHASING process in December 2019 (despite the fake online media) pending the expiration of the contract with INTELS in August 2020. This was done for the appointment of a contractor to provide the Authority with this service.

“INTELS, together with other companies, submitted proposals for participation in the tender in accordance with the criteria set out in the public announcement. However, INTELS violated one of the stated criteria of the tender procedure and, as a result, was disqualified.

“The bidding process proceeded accordingly, and the companies with the highest scores were pre-selected. The result of the transparent tender procedure was sent to the Federal Ministry of Transport for onward transmission to the Federal Executive Council (FEC).

“Following its suspension from the tender procedure, INTELS initiated a legal action to prevent the continuation of the tender procedure, citing a debt owed to one of its subsidiaries, Deep Offshore Nigerian Ltd, for the development of Onne 4B. This is a depreciation project that must be paid for from the revenue generated by this service. There was no clause in the contract that INTELS was to be the company carrying out the boat piloting contract, but they continued to hold the country for ransom through this court case.

“It should also be noted that despite the litigation, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is currently working to recover all federal government funds that INTELS has withheld over the years. The organization that claims to fight corruption is expected to join forces to eradicate all forms of illegality, rather than this tacit endorsement.

“All the NPA was trying to do was to see that INTELS and no other legal entity were violating the laws of the country or the provisions of their contracts.

“It is unfortunate that the media continues to use its platform to tell Nigerians half-truths and outright lies about this situation, with false stories directed at anything but the good people of Nigeria.”

Source: – Tribuneonline

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