Secretary To Government Of The Federation Faces Sack, Involved In Contract Fraud

Secretary To Government Of The Federation Faces Sack, Involved In Contract Fraud

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Babachir Lawal

The Nigerian Senate has called for the resignation, investigation and prosecution of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation  Babachir Lawal, for allegedly owning one of the companies awarded contracts in the rehabilitation of the North-East.

The call by the Upper Chamber at Wednesday’s sitting arose from the interim report of the Ad-hoc committee on monitoring Humanitarian Crisis in the North East which was chaired by Senator Shehu Sani from Kaduna Central.

Senator Sani who spoke on the pitiable plight of a projects in IDP camps expressed worry that contract awarded by the Presidential Initiative on North East contravened several parts of the public procurement acts.

The law-makers, who reacted to the interim report  criticised SGF involvement in contract awards, saying such is against the anti-corruption stance of the current administration, they however, called for his immediate resignation

The call for the resignation of the SGF was supported by all other law-makers present at theWednesday’s plenary with the Senate president Bukola Saraki ruling in favour of the demand

Lawal was alleged to have resigned his directorship of the company, Rholavision Engineering Limited in Sept. 2016 but a signatory to the company’s account after he became SGF  and the contracts had been executed by his company.‎

The Senate  resolved that the SGF has breached the oath of Public Procurement Act and should face appropriate sanction and approved that contracts for the IDPs must pass through the Bureau for Public Enterprises for proper valuation.

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