Senators Shocked That Oil Ministry Spends Rs 16 Million On Pens And More
Members of the Senate State Accounts Committee expressed shock Thursday when a report by the Federation’s auditor general revealed that officials from the Federal Ministry of Petroleum had spent € 116 million on ballpoint pens, letterheads and toner a year.
The breakdown showed that the ministry spent € 14.5 million on Schneider biro, € 46 million on ministerial letterhead printing, and € 56 million on toner for its copiers.
AuGF stated this in its 2015 audit report, which is currently being reviewed by a Senate committee led by Senator Matthew Urhogid.
A statement from the AuGF Office said: “The Schneider ballpoint pens contract worth AU 14.5 million was split into smaller packages of less than AU 5 million each and awarded to four different companies to get around the threshold approval of the permanent secretary N5m.
“Likewise, the Department’s letterhead contract for AD 46 million was split and given to 11 different contractors.
“In addition, a £ 56 million toner contract was split and assigned to seven different contractors. The Permanent Secretary was asked to explain this violation of the 2007 Public Procurement Law. ”
The SPAC President asked Petroleum Resource Officer Godwin Akubo to answer the AuGF question.
In its response, the ministry stated: “The ministry’s actions were a quick response to the needs of various departments of the Ministry of Petroleum Resources. These awards were conducted in accordance with the usual rules and procedures.
“The contracts are not split. They were given to different contractors at different times when items were needed.
“The amount of 46.6 million manat used to print the letterhead went through the proper procedure, and the large amount of money is due to the volume of production for most departments.”
Dissatisfied with the protection of the permanent secretary of the ministry, the chairman of the commission granted the request.
He asked the secretariat of the commission to document the money spent and demand compensation from the employees of the ministry.
Source: – Punch ng