Alleged secret award of.N150bn contract to RUNGAS: Gas dealers petition Senate panel


By our correspondent

Concerned group of LPG gas dealers has petitioned the Senate Committee on Gas resources over alleged secrete award of N150b contract to “RUNGAS GROUP COMPANY “ for the Supply of Type-3 LPG CYLINDERS under the Federal Government Palliative Scheme.

The group in the petition signed by its National Chairman, Comrade Sule Mohammed said the award of the multi billion naira contract did not follow due process , as enshrined in the public Procurement Act of 2007 as amended and asked Federal government to quickly terminate the processs in the interest of the public .

The group noted “as a company that benefits from the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board, Rungas failed to carry out the Project of Building a Composite Cylinder Manufacturing Plant as mandated by the Federal goverment in 2016.

The project itself according to the group was not presented to the National Assembly for approval.

Comrade Mohammed in the two page petition made available to journalists in Abuja also asked the Federal government to stop the award of the contract and ensure due diligence.

According to him “the whole transaction was done in Secret, no transparency and the Company is not competent. The Company has not met the criteria set by the Regulatory Agency and was not presented to the National Asembly for Appropriations.”

The petition was date october 12 and tittled “FRAUDULENT ACTITIES OF RINGAS AND APPROVAL OF N150bn CONTRACT.”

He said the Senate should note that the Minister of State cannot unilaterally sign a Partnership Agreement without a Federal Executive Council approval or without the presentation of the yearly Budget and Expenditure Proposal to the National Assembly, for approval.

And that there must also be an attestation of the Ministry of Justice on such Memorandum of Understanding.