Senators Express Shock As Petroleum Ministry Spends N116m On Pens, Letterheads, Others In 1 Year

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Members of the Senate Public Accounts Committee expressed great shock when the report of the Auditor-General for the Federation uncovered that authorities of the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources burned through N116m to purchase biros, letterhead, and toners in a single year.

The breakdown of the expenditure demonstrated that the ministry burned through N14.5m to buy Schneider biros, N46m to print the ministry’s letterhead, and N56m to get toner for its copiers.

The AGF expressed this in his 2015 review report presently being examined by the Senate council drove by Senator Mathew Urhoghide.

The inquiry by the Office of the AGF peruses, “The agreement for the inventory of Schneider biros worth N14.5m was part into more modest bundles of under N5m each and was granted to four distinct organizations to evade the perpetual secretary’s endorsement edge of N5m.

“Essentially, the agreement for the printing of the ministry’s letterhead worth N46m was additionally part and granted to 11 distinct contractual workers.

“Likewise, the agreement for the stock of toners worth N56m was part and granted to seven distinct contractual workers. The perpetual secretary has been mentioned to clarify this negation of the Public Procurement Act 2007.”

The Chairman of SPAC requested the agent from the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Godwin Akubo, to react to the inquiry by the AGF.

The ministry, in its reaction, stated, “The activity of the ministry was a fast reaction to the requirements of the different offices in the Ministry of Petroleum Resources. These honors adhered to ordinary guidelines and methodology.

“The agreements were not part. They were granted to the different temporary workers at various occasions when things were required.

“The amount of N46.6m utilized for the printing of letterhead followed fair treatment and the enormous amount of cash is clarified by the volume of the created for a large portion of divisions.”

Disappointed with the safeguard of the perpetual secretary of the ministry, the executive of the panel continued the question.

He requested that the board of trustees secretariat report the cash spent and request the discount from the officials associated

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