By John Imade (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – According to the Senate, officials of Ministry of Defence paid N968.8 million for the production and supply of medals and ribbons for Independence Anniversary for the Armed Forces, without approval from Federal Executive Council and Ministerial Tender Board.
This allegation was contained in a report by the Auditor General of the Federation, which stated that the officials of the Ministry of Defence facilitated the payment for the contract, despite the objection raised by the Deputy Director (Budget) in a memo dated 24th April 2013.
Consequently, the Senate Committee on Public Account, headed by Senator Matthew Urhoghide, sustained the indictment report against the Ministry of Defence over the issue due to failure of the officials of the Ministry to explain their own side of the allegation. Urhoghide claimed that several invitations were extended to the Ministry on the matter with no response and committee therefore has no other option to sustain the query.
The contract was said to have been awarded in 2010 and 50 percent of the contract sum was paid to the contractor and balance of the sum was paid January 26, 2015 to the contractor.