By Alex Okoro

OrderPaperToday- The Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) has claimed total ignorance of the award of 470 million US dollars contract for installation of Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras in Abuja and Lagos.

BPP is the federal government agency that confirms that due diligence has been done on contracts awarded and executed by government.

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Director-General of BPP, Mr. Emeka Eze said that the BPP does not recognize the existence of any award of contract for the installation of CCTV cameras in Lagos and Abuja by the Ministry of Police Affairs.

Eze made this known during his appearance at the public hearing of the House of Representatives committee probing the failed CCTV project in Abuja, Thursday.

He said: “Except if it is proven to be a national security since the purported award was made without a certificate of no objection issued by the Bureau despite the fact that the contract sum exceeded the approval powers of the ministry.”

Also speaking at the hearing, former Managing Director of Nigeria Communications Satellite (NigComSat), Mr. Ahmed Rufai explained that the Federal Government did not provide funds to enable the CCTV cameras become operational, despite having servers installed back in 2011.

NigComSat was designated as consultants of the project.

Rufai said: “The project couldn’t work because after the completion and handover of the project server to the federal government, the government couldn’t provide enough funds for the entire project to be operational”.

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