Pro­cure­ment: Our books are clean in CAC – Reg­is­trar Gen­eral

Daily Trust - - NEWS - Hamisu Muham­mad & Fran­cis Arinze Iloani

The Reg­is­trar Gen­eral of the Cor­po­rate Af­fairs Com­mis­sion (CAC), Bello Mah­mud, has said that the com­mis­sion has noth­ing to fear about pro­cure­ment is­sues as all pro­cesses were car­ried out trans­par­ently within his 8-year ten­ure.

In an ex­clu­sive in­ter­view with the Daily Trust in Abuja yes­ter­day, Mah­mud re­acted to al­le­ga­tions of sleaze and men­dac­ity raised by the com­mis­sion’s staff union dur­ing the re­cent in­dus­trial action.

The union had ac­cused the man­age­ment of the com­mis­sion of con­tract in­fla­tions, in­clud­ing bloat­ing of money spent on the con­struc­tion of lifts and car parks, as well as the costs of ICT.

“That is very un­true. Like I have been say­ing, our con­tracts go through due process and all the fig­ures they are giv­ing are false fig­ures,” the reg­is­trar gen­eral said.

He said con­trary to the al­le­ga­tions, the com­mis­sion nei­ther spent N300 mil­lion to build a lift nor N1 bil­lion to build a car park.

He fur­ther de­bunked the al­le­ga­tion that the com­mis­sion spent N300 mil­lion to build an of­fice in Katsina, adding that the of­fice in ques­tion did not cost up to N40 mil­lion.

He re­futed claims by the union that the com­mis­sion spends N2 bil­lion on ICT every year, adding that it could not have af­forded to spend such money on ICT alone as well as pay staff salaries and al­lowances. “What we are pay­ing for ICT is lower than what we were pay­ing be­fore for ICT. Be­fore, we were pay­ing N140 mil­lion per an­num for the old pro­gramme that the man was do­ing for us as his an­nual main­te­nance fee. We are pay­ing now about N65 mil­lion on the present one which is func­tion­ing bet­ter than the one we were pay­ing be­fore,” Mah­mud said.

He said the con­tracts went through due process as he only ap­proved those within his power, be­ing con­tracts worth N2.5 mil­lion for ser­vices, and N5 mil­lion for works.

“I have the guide­lines and how to go about it and ap­prove. If it is beyond my limit, it goes to our ten­ders board and that one is N50 mil­lion for other ser­vices and N250 mil­lion for works. If it is beyond that, we go to our Min­istry’s Ten­ders Board,” he said.

Mah­mud told our re­porters that he had all the records and ob­tained clear­ance from the Bu­reau of Pub­lic Pro­cure­ment on the projects that needed cer­tifi­cates of no ob­jec­tion.

See full in­ter­view on Mon­day.

CAC RG, Bello Mah­mud

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