Reps grill ICPC boss over purchase of used vehicles

…Reconcile with media for better image

The House of Representatives Wednesday interrogated the Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), Mr. Bolaji Owasanoye over alleged purchase of used vehicles by the commission.
The interrogation took place Wednesday when the House committee engaged the chairman and his management team on the implementation of the 2019 budget with respect to capital allocation.
The House Committee on public Procurement led by Hon. Ahmed Nasir Ali Ahmad (APC, Kano) queried why the Commission decided to procure used vehicles instead of brand new ones provided for in the budget.
Responding to the query the Director of Procurement, who refused to disclose his names, stated that the agency had taken advantage of customs’ auction to procure some of them.
When asked how many vehicles were provided for in the 2019 budget, another ICPC official said the auction was for N16 million, which was below the budgeted sum of N17 million, adding that the vehicles are, however, in good working condition.
Asked if the vehicles were brand new ones and if the budget provided for used vehicles instead of brand new ones, the commission said “it provided for operational vehicles”.
The committee chairman, Hon. Nasir Ali Ahmad told the Commission to make more details available to members so as to ease the process of understanding and intervention.
Meanwhile, the ICPC chairman, Owasanoye has advised members of the National Assembly to “make peace with the media” so as to end negative media reports against them saying ‘bad news sells'”.


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