By Oluyinka Onigbinde
Investigation carried out by Nigerian NewsDirect has revealed that some vested loyalists of the All Progressives Congress (APC) are set to hijack the Cargo Survey contracts which was earlier bidded for by Cargo Surveying companies.
Recalled that Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) had on November 26, 2016 announced on its website for competent and reputable cargo surveying companies to express interest in cargo surveying services at the Delta, Calabar, Onne, Rivers, and Lagos and Tin-Can Island ports.
And as well placed advert on two National Dailies in which over 60 companies showed interest in the job but the bidding process was later cancelled by the NPA management
This act has fueled criticisms by some cargo survey companies, that the said Cargo Survey Contract was set to be hijacked by some vested APC loyalists and core loyalists of the NPA managing Director.
One of the bidders who spoke with our correspondent over the weekend, and did not want his name in print described the whole bidding process as a camouflage.
In his words “ let me frankly tell you the truth, the whole bidding process is a camouflage, it is a sham and some of us all know it.
“You remember that after the first bidding process was delayed some of us accused the management of attempting to award the contracts to ‘incompetent’ companies belonging to some politicians who are allegedly eyeing the 2019 Presidential election.
“As I speak to you now, I have done my research and findings, and I can bet it with you that some of the companies that will be given the job are owned by two core APC loyalists and friends to Kaduna state Governor Nasir el-Rufai
“Another is a female friend of the NPA managing Director Hadiza Bala Usman, and also APC member vying for a seat in the 2019 House of Assembly election.
“So I can boldly tell you that the whole bidding process is a sham and is now in the open and there is absolutely nothing anybody can do to silence those of us who already know the truth.
“Due process has been completely neglected, Experience is no longer the order of the day, it is now you scratch my back, I scratch yours. This is not in tandem with due process and in line with the provisions of the Procurement Act”.
He described the act as capable of having negative effect on the federal Government policy of due process and the fight against corruption.
Calls and text messages sent to the Principal Manager of NPA Nasir Ibrahim to get his reaction was not responded to as at the time of filling this report.