Nigeria: Report Clears SGF, Babachir Lawal Over Alleged Contracts Fraud

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An interim report conducted by a civil society organization has cleared Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Engr. Babachir Lawal, over alleged abuse of the Public Procurement Acts in contract awarded by the Presidential Initiative on North East (PINE).

The Co-convener of Citizens Action To Take Back Nigeria (CATBAN), Ibrahim Garba Wala, has said.

CATBAN, a civil society organization, which presented the report of its independent investigations on the grass cutting scandal in Abuja Tuesday, stated that the contract was carried out contrary to the Senate ad-hoc committee report and that Senate ad-hoc committee report is full of “unfortunate lies”.

Wala said the testimonies of people they met and the evidence before them proved that it was a worthwhile contract that was executed for the benefit of the people.

The report showed that the said grass cutting contract was originally tagged “Award of contract for removal of invasive plants along river channels and 115 hectares of simplified village irrigation operation in Your state.”

The findings from the report also revealed that Rheolavision Engineering, which is linked to the SGF, was not the main contractor that got the job.

“Rheolavision was engaged only as a consultant even though the Senate committee created the impression that the company of the SGF executed the contract,” the report added

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