The Bureau for Public Procurement (BPP) has accused the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, of subverting the procurement process and called on the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offenses Commission (ICPC) to investigate and take appropriate action.
A statement by ICPC’s Head of Public Enlightenment, Mike Sowe, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja, said the allegation was contained in a petition filed before the commission by the BPP.
It said the BPP had faulted the process adopted by the university in awarding the contract for the construction of access roads within the university to Messrs Daniels Construction Company instead of Messrs Earthworks Ltd.
The statement said the Director-General of the BPP, Emeka Eze, had explained in the petition that the contract for the construction of the access roads was awarded at the cost of N332 million.
It said Messrs Earthworks Ltd had submitted a superior bid with a shorter completion period and a lower tender sum of N325 million.
The statement said that the BPP had argued that Messrs Earthworks Ltd ought to have been awarded the contract, and that by failing to award the contract to the better qualified bidder, the university had breached Section 58 of the Public Procurement Act 2007.
It added that the ICPC had begun investigation into the petition and if the allegations against the university turned out to be true, it might prosecute the institution under Section 19 of the ICPC Act.