The federal government has again reiterated its resolve to maintain accountability, transparency and vigilance in expending public fund.
The Head Asset Recovery and Management Unit, Office of the Attorney General of the Federation Ladidi Mohammed gave the assurance on Thursday at a bidding ceremony tagged: ‘Consultancy service to undertake the monitoring of the implementation of the tripartite agreement on the sharing, transfer, disposition of repatriated assets which held at the Olusegun Obasanjo auditorium in Abuja.
According to Mohammed, the ministry has resolved to involve the civil society organisations that are to monitor the projects that the Abacha loot proceeds would be used for.
She said, “As part of our transparency agenda, there shall be an independent verification to ascertain whether or not the repatriated loot is judiciously utilised by the government.
“The bidding process shall be carried out in a transparency manner in line with the law, criteria and provisions. After the technical bid, People that meet the requirement would come for the financial bid and those not qualified would be communicated.
“Everybody would be involved so that Nigerians would see what the government is doing. Some of the project concern is the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Abuja-Kano Expressway and the second Niger Bridge.”
On whether the country should still expect another tranche of the Abacha loot, Mohammed hinted; “This is about the last one of the Abacha’s loot.”
Speaking further she said, “We got one in April but we started negotiating this through 2018 to 2019 with the island of Jersey and the United States of America.
At the end of the ceremony, Lonatex Nig Ltd technical bid was rejected because they failed to submit within the 12noon stipulated time.
However, out of the 17 organisations that bidded, five foreign jurisdictions submitted online while 12 submitted hard copies.
Meanwhile, while fielding questions from newsmen, Director Civil Infrastructure, Bureau of Public Procurement, Nasir Bello, assured that the entire process would be followed to the letter, assuring that the provision in the RFP entails that consultant present only technical submission.
The names of the bidders are Triump Oil and Gas Nig. Ltd, International Action Centre, GPM Associates, Phenai Penal Consults Ltd, CLEEN Foundation, Anti-Corruption and Research based Data initiative, Public and Provate Dev. Centre, Arewa Community and Social Dev. Network in Nigeria, Quadrante, IBLF Global and PPP Advisories consortium.
Others are Restitution impact Limited; Urban Project Prospects integrated Service Ltd, Centre for Social Justice, Foundation for Public Private Partnerships, Nigeria and Global Society for anti-corruption.