…say it lacks contractual details
The House of Representatives on Wednesday threatened to delete Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission, (NERC), N2 billion request in the 2021 budget, to partition and furnish its headquarters in Abuja.
Chairman of the Commission, James Momoh disclosed this when he appeared before the House of Representatives Committee on Power, to defend the Commission’s 2021 budget proposal.
Momoh said the partitioning and furnishing of the eight-floor headquarters building became necessary to make the building befitting and habitable after it was acquired.
According to him, works on the building has been ongoing, which made the Commission to propose fundings for it in the 2020 and 2021 budges.
He told the Committee that the Commission was unable to spend all the money released to it for the project in the 2020 budget because of the COVID–19 pandemic.
The committee therefore demanded to know the total contract sum to complete the partitioning and furnishing of the office, but the Commission was unable to provide same.
The committee therefore expressed worries that the Commission was seeking N2billion to partition and furnish office, in 2021 budget, but could not say what the contract sum was.
Consequently, Aliyu Magaji, Chairman of the Committee, threatened to delete the request from the 2021 budget proposal.
Magaji said: “If you don’t have the contract sum we will delete it from the budget. You have only one line item and you came unprepared. So you should go back and bring the total contract sum.”