By Samuel Ibiyemi
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) said the Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano Gas (AKK) Pipeline Contract tender considered and endorsed by NNPC Tenders Board (NTB) on July 12, 2017 for consideration by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) was never approved by Mr. President nor considered by FEC prior to December 13, 2017.
The statement of the NNPC management was in response to an online report wherein it was stated that the Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano Gas (AKK) Pipeline contract was presented before the Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday December13, 2017 for approval “to correct the infringement of due process by the initial approval given by the President”. The malicious report also stated that the contract was resubmitted for approval “to correct the alleged irregularity pointed out in a leaked memo to the President” and added that “is to remind Mr. President that the AKK was among the contracts previously approved by him.”
NNPC management described the report as misrepresentations and maliciously putting the truth on its head so as to mislead the general public. According to the statement of the management:
In clarification of tendering process approval, the corporation noted that: “The NNPC tendering process requires that all contracts are presented for approval by the NNPC Tenders Board (NTB). Where the contract is above NTB’s threshold of $20million, the NTB endorses the contract to FEC for consideration. The AKK tender followed exactly this process.”
“It is important for the general public to note that no contracting process was breached in the AKK nor any contracts handled by NNPC.
The management lamented that it is therefore most unfortunate the continued claim that there was an approval for the contract and that it had to be represented to the FEC again to correct any infringement.
“NNPC believes that it is necessary to make the above clarifications in order to clear the insinuations that might have arisen from the misleading statements in the minds of the public,” the management pointed out.