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CD Faults Niger Govt Over Contract Awards

By Dan Amasingha, Minna

THE Campaign for Democracy has accused the Niger state government of awarding contracts without going through the competitive bidding process as provided for by the 1999 constitution.

“ We have observed that public bidding for contracts is hardly carried out by the executive arm of government as statutorily contained in the procurement act for diligence and accountability’

The CD Niger state chapter said in a statement made available to DAILY  ASSET that such a policy was fraught with danger and could lead to corruption.

The statement signed by Abdullahi  Jabi, state chairman of CD “ on behalf of Coalition of Human Rights  Defenders “ said “ all arms of government should play their roles effectively towards service delivery to the people and development of the state”. The statement also berated the state government for not giving a breakdown of its 2017 budget since it was passed by the house of assembly.

“Niger state is the only state that has not given the breakdown of 2017 budget to the public as approved by the House and accented to by Mr Governor,  Abubakar Sani Bello”.

The CD also asked the government to “come up with the expenditure profile and the amount received from the Paris fund refund to the state since all other states have done so, Niger state cannot be an exception”.

“ There should be no secrecy in the way government run its affairs particularly when the people that elected them are left in darkness and are wallowing in poverty

“The Civil Society demands for openness transparency and accountable to the people”.When contacted the Senior Special Assistant to the governor on Media Mr Jide Orintunsin denied  claims  that contracts were being awarded without due process.

He said:” It is wrong for anyone to say contracts are awarded without following due process, things are done here according to the best international practices,  due process is followed to the letter”

Orintunsin also said government had been very prudent in the management of financial resources adding that monies received were usually made available to the house of assembly before being spent.

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