By; IYOKPO J. EGBODO, Abuja
The House of Representatives has ordered a comprehensive investigation into alleged mishandling of the award of contract for a United Nations (UN) sponsored hospital for military personnel on peace mission, by the Federal Ministry of Defence.
Its joint committee on Defence, Army and Public Procurement has therefore been mandated to do the investigation on the alleged scam, and report back within two weeks.
A member, Tajudeen Yusuf had in a motion under matters of urgent national importance, informed the House that some highly ranking appointees and officials in the Ministry were allegedly involved in contract scam in the award of the contract.
According to him, contract for the relocation and refurbishing of Level 2 Hospital under the UN multidimensional integrated stabilization mission in Mali, funded by the UN, and awarded to countries who contribute troops to global peace missions, was full of alleged breaches.He said that “in a desperate bid to cover its tracks, the Ministry of Defence in February 2017 allegedly awarded the contract for the relation and refurbishing of the hospital to a contractor who had zero experience in installation of level two hospital”.
“As a consequence for not meeting the UN’s August 2017 deadline for the relocation of the hospital, Nigeria has been asked to withdraw its remaining contingent to the UN African Mission in Darfur”, he said.
He said countries like Bangledesh, Ghana, and Senegal with fewer troops-contribution to UN missions are earning huge foreign exchange, Nigeria with one of the highest contingent was not only losing money, but axed from participating in the peace keeping mission.
Besides that, the lawmaker said the country was also losing its position in global troops contribution rating from 5 to 9, and from 1 to 5 in Africa.