He said that the award of such contract to a foreign company, UNIBROS, was in breach of the law while asking the NNPC GMD to appear before it on Oct 13.
The House said if the NNPC failed to appear, the process of the law and the powers given to the National Assembly would be followed to deal with the corporation.
The House also summoned the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, as well as the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB).
He directed the NNPC, Transportation Ministry and the NCDMB to furnish the committee with every single detail of the contract, as it did not have a single document in relation to the contract in its possession.
According to a letter from the Executive Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Mohammed Nami, read at the hearing, UNIBROS was not registered in its database and that payment had been made in the name of the company.
President of the Shippers Association of Nigeria (SOAN), Dr George Onyung, who was at the hearing, said that the NNPC sidelined local shippers and, without due process, awarded the contract to UNIBROS, in spite of the fact that local shippers had the capacity to carry out the job.
“The NNPC awarded the contract to UNIBROS. It is a coastal shipping contract. It is one contract, but for 11 vessels. That is the whole share of coastal shipping.
”This means that when those vessels that bring the product from abroad arrive Nigeria, the ships that would take the products to various jetties that have the shallow draft, which is a cabotage trade to start with, is supposed to be domiciled in Nigeria”, he said.
He added that the NNPC hired up to 11 to 14 ships to be able to do that trade and then supply those products.
“They gave it to one company called UNIBROS, and all those ships are foreign flags, all are foreign-owned, and they do not hire Nigerians.
Idagbor observed that based on the submissions of the ship owners’ association, they had shown that they have the capacity to handle the contract.
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The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Bashir Jamoh, has disclosed that the Agency is set to reopen the Lokoja office, as part of efforts towards harnessing the Blue Economy, enhancing collaboration, while also promoting Research and Development.
The DG, who made this known when he played host to the Executive Secretary of the Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency (KADSEMA), Mal. Usman Hayatu Mazadu at the head office of the Agency in Lagos, noted that investment in research would play a major role in ensuring the harnessing of Nigeria’s maritime potentials.
“The key cardinal principle of opening the NIMASA Lokoja office is to improve on Research and Development.
He said, “Now, the Blue Economy has come to stay and very soon you will see the impact of what we have; in terms of the gains and benefits to grow our Gross Domestic Product while improving the well-being of our own Economy”.
Earlier in his remarks, Mallam Usman of KADSEMA lauded the Agency for the feat achieved so far, which cuts across the entire Nigeria.
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