The Bureau for Public Procurement, BPP, in the presidency, Abuja may have commenced investigations into the circumstance that led to the award of a multibillion naira road contract in Edo by the NDDC after it refused to grant the commission a valid due process certificate of ‘’No objection’’ in favour of Messrs Caesars Engineering and construction limited for the construction of the Obazogwe Niro-Ikumweke-Idunwebo- Abudu Road in Orihiomnwon Local Council area of Edo State, with the total sum of N2,979,175,643.06.
The BPP decision is sequel to the court order halting further construction work on the road project pending the determination of the matter before the court brought by Messrs. Madona construction limited, Benin. Investigations show that it was the firm of Meaars. Madona construction limited, Benin city, which the BPP granted the NDDC a due process certificate of ‘’No objection’’ for the award of the contract for the construction of the road in the total sum of N2,979,175,643/06, ‘’with a completion period of 18 months, being the lowest evaluated responsive bidder.’’
The BPP also advised the NDDC to ask the contractor to submit a performance bond as a precondition to the contract award, in a decision signed by Messrs. Emeka Ezeh, the Director-general of BPP and five others after sighting such documents as the advertisement for the job, the 2009 appropriation bill, the checklist for project procurement review, bidders bill of quantities, financial bid records, attendance of pre-qualification exercise by contractors, tender evaluation report and drawings.
It was gathered that Messrs. Caesars Engineering and Construction limited tendered sum for construction of the road, was found by the BPP to be wrong and the BPP corrected same bringing the total to N4.7billion.
Source said at the time the NDDC asked the BPP for a due process certificate of ‘’No objection ‘’ for the Obozogwe Niro-Ikumweke-Idunwebo-Iguobodo-Abudu Road in Orhiomnwon Local council area of Edo state, it also did so for such other roads across the state such as the 12.1km Oben-Umogun and the Ulohor/ Ogba link road and bridges.
The BPP denied the NDDC the certificate it asked for in favour of Messrs. A,C, Egbe in the total sum of N3,767, 443,243.80 since its tendered sum of N3,005,182/70 was wrongly computed, it granted the NDDC the certificate for the ward of the contract for their construction of the 122.1km Oben- UMOGUN road with a completion period of 26 months to Messrs Askay construction company limited. In the same vein, the BPP had denied the certificate NDDC asked for in favour of Messrs. Xapon limited in the total sum of N2,191,528,134.14. for the Ulohor/Ogba link road and bridges, as the corrected tendered sum based on the original scope stood at N2,259,683.88. instead it granted the NDDC the certificate in favour Messrs. Jireh Link Nigeria Limited in the total sum of N1,262,915,628.71 with an unspecified completion period for being the lowest evaluation bidders.
Ben-ose Ogbemudia, Benin City
Customs Intercepts N6, 974m Worth PMS
Barely two weeks after seizing a tank-full equivalent of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), known locally as petrol, the Seme Command of the Nigeria Customs Service has intercepted 1005 jerry cans of the same product.
The product, amounting to 3000 litres, is with Duty Paid Value (DPV) worth of N6,974,750.00.
A statement signed by the Command’s Spokesman, DSC Hussaini Abdullahi, and made available to our correspondent in Lagos at the weekend, said the seizure was made during a routine check of the adjoining creeks, beaches, and flash points.
The statement quoted the Customs Area Controller, Comptroller Bello Mohammed Jibo, as saying that “as long as unrepentant and undesirable elements engage in acts of economic sabotage and smuggling, so shall officers and men remain a step ahead to counter their illicit trades”.
The statement further reads: “In continuation of our efforts to suppress smuggling of petroleum products within the nooks and crannies of the command, officers and men of the Seme Area Command on a routine patrol along the creeks within Seme and Badagry intercepted another large quantity of petroleum products in sacks.
“After successful evacuation of the said item to the command’s premises where examination was conducted, one thousand and five (1005)x 30 litres of jerry cans of petroleum products each, equivalent to thirty thousand, one hundred and fifty (30,150) litres were discovered. The Duty Paid Value (DPV) is Six million, nine hundred and seventy four thousand, seven hundred and fifty naira (N6,974,750.00), only”.
While showcasing the seized products, Jibo commended the doggedness, patriotism, dedication and high level of professionalism exhibited by his men, noting that the new Land Cruiser patrol vehicles (Buffalo) recently donated to commands by the Management of the NCS has aided the operation of the command, as the vehicles enhance access to a wider circle.
By: Nkpemenyie Mcdominic, Lagos
NASS, MDAs’ Non-Remittance Of Taxes Cost FIRS N5.8bn …NCAA Tops Defaulters With N2,984bn
Non-remittance of tax deductions by the National Assembly, comprising the Senate and House of Representatives, as well as Federal Ministries, Departments, and Agencies has resulted in a loss of tax revenue amounting to N5.8 billion by the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) in 2019.
Disclosing this in its 2019 Annual Report on non-compliance, internal control, and weakness issues in MDAs of the Federal Government of Nigeria, the Office of the Auditor General of the Federation said it is for the year ended December 31, 2019.
The MDAs, according to the Report, are the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development; Federal College of Freshwater Fisheries Technology, New Bussa; Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria; Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority; Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited; Hussaini Adamu Federal Polytechnic, Jigawa State; Federal Medical Centre, Keffi, Nasarawa State; Department of Petroleum Resources; National Assembly Service Commission; and Nigerian Correctional Services.
It stated that between 2018 and 2019, the MDAs failed to either remit one per cent stamp duty, value added tax, withholding tax or Pay As You Earn tax deducted from awarded contracts, thereby contravening sections of the Financial Regulations and Treasury Circular issued on December 29, 2015.
The Report further stated that Paragraph 234(I) of the Financial Regulations states that “it is mandatory for accounting officers to ensure full compliance with the dual roles of making provision for the Value Added Tax and withholding tax due on supply and services contract and actual remittance of same”.
Specifically, it quoted Paragraph 235, saying, “Deduction of VAT, WHT, and PAYE shall be remitted to Federal Inland Revenue Service at the same time the payee who is the subject of deduction is paid”.
It continued that the Treasury circular Ref No. TRY/A12&B12/2015 and OAGF/CAD/VOL.II/390, dated December 29, 2015, states that “1% Stamp Duty chargeable on contract awards and the remittance be made to the relevant tax authority (Federal Inland Revenue Service)”.
The Report also stated: “The audit observed that the sum of N5,828,621,715.06 was the amount of taxes not remitted by 12 Ministries, Departments and Agencies.
“The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has the highest amount of N2,984,887,250.00, while Federal College of Freshwater Fisheries Technology, New Bussa has the least amount of N1,021,011.13”.
NCS, Apapa Records N870,39bn Revenue Boost
The Apapa Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) recorded an impressive performance in its revenue generation and anti-smuggling campaign in 2021.
Disclosing this recently during a review of its activities in 2021, the Area Controller of the command, Comptroller Yusuf Malanta, said the sum of N870.38 billion of the N2.24 trillion announced recently by the Service was collected in Apapa Command in 2021.
Giving an insight into the command’s revenue profile, Malanta told newsmen that the N870.38 billion collected by the command was 68 percent more than what was collected in 2020 which was N518.4 billion.
He stayed that the Command recorded 103 seizures worth N31 billion in 2021.
Malanta identified the seizures as 46.55kg of cocaine, which was concealed on board MV Karteria and MV Chayanee Naree laden with raw sugar; containers of foreign parboiled rice, tomato paste, secondhand clothes, unregistered pharmaceuticals such as captagon pills, tramadol, codeine syrup, etc.
“These were seizures made in accordance with the provisions of sections 46, 47, and 161 of the Customs and Excise Management Act (CEMA) CAP C45 LFN 2004. These seizures are condemned by a competent court of law and the suspects are still undergoing investigation and interrogation”, the Customs boss said.
He continued that 5.38 metric tons of non-oil commodities were exported through the command as against 1.3 million metric tons in 2020.
According to him, the Free on Board (FOB) value for the exported items rose from $340 million (N140 billion) in 2020 to $641 million (N264 billion) last year.
By: Nkpemenyie Mcdominic, Lagos
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