Reps probe Agric ministry over N18.9bn bush clearing contract

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House of Representatives Committee on Public Accounts ( PAC) has said that it is probing the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development over N18.9 billion contract awarded for clearing of bush,

 land preparation, rehabilitation of soil plant laboratory during the 2020 COVID-19 Lockdown..
 Chairman of the Committee, Wole Oke, stated, on Tuesday, while speaking on Auditor General of the Federation (AGF) query to Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs ).
Oke assured that that the committee will be diligent in its investigation so as to unravel all the facts relating to the contract..
He said “during the the lockdown  of the country as a result of COVID 19, some companies took contract worth about N18 billion for bush clearing from the Federal Ministry of Agriculture for land preparation, rehabilitation of soil plant lab and others. We cannot shelve their head in their absence.
“So, we have invited them to come and give us their own side by responding to the issues and show us the places they are supposed to have cleared. They have to take us to the land they cleared.
“We have invited Ministry of Agriculture and they have made submission. But some of our members whose constituencies these projects were supposed to be domiciled doubted the existence of these projects and for fair hearing, we have invited the companies that got the contract for them to come and tell this committee where and when the jobs were executed.
“We will wait till the end of hearing today to see if they will appear. If they are not here, we will have to do the needful to get them to come”.

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