The Federal Government has explained that it approved the purchase of ten vehicles at N1,145,000,000 for the Niger Republic to enhance its security as it relates to Nigeria.
Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, disclosed this while briefing State House Correspondents after the week’s hybrid Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
A popular social media influencer, David Hundeyin, had in one of his posts ‘exposed’ the approval, which was given by President Buhari on February 28, 2022, drawing reactions from Nigerians.
Reacting to a question on the matter during the briefing, Ahmed explained that though Nigerians have the right to ask questions on the government’s activities, Buhari also has the right to make his assessment of situations and act accordingly.
Remember, on June 15, 2022, in an exclusive report published by Sahara Reporters, it stated that;
From documents seen by SaharaReporters, the Nigerian government, through the Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning, approved N1,145,000,000 for the purchase of 10 Toyota Land Cruiser V8 vehicles, for government officials in the Republic of Niger.
The contract was awarded to one Messrs Kaura Motors Nigeria Limited and approved by President Buhari on February 25, 2022.
According to the document sighted by SaharaReporters, the Nigerian government, in order to cover up its fraud, had obtained Due Process Certificate of No Objection from the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) to Direct Procurement Method.
The contract was said to be funded from the Ministry of Finance’s 2022 Appropriation sum of N282 billion.
The document is titled, ”Approval For The Award Of Contract For The Procurement Of Vehicles For The Republic Of Niger For Logistic Support”.
It reads, “The purpose of this memorandum is to seek Council’s ratification of the President’s approval for the award of Contract for the Supply and delivery of 10 Toyota Land Cruiser V8 vehicles, for the Republic of Niger, as logistic support, in favour of Messrs Kaura Motors Nigeria Limited, in the sum of N1,145,000,000.00 inclusive of 7.5% VAT, with a delivery period of one week as…..
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