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Reps summon finance minister over oil contract breaches

The House of Representatives on Monday summoned the Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, over an alleged violation of the Public Procurement Act in the engagement of contractors for pre-shipment inspection and monitoring of crude oil and gas exports from the country.

The House Committee on Public Procurement, which issued the summons in Abuja, is also investigating cases of ‘indiscriminate issuance of certificates of no objection’ by the Bureau of Public Procurement.

The BPP had given approval to the contractors in February 2016 to undertake the inspection, but the House committee observed that the selection did not follow the conditions specified in the Public Procurement Act, 2007.

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