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50 companies to face EFCC, ICPC OVER FAKE DOCUMENTS

50 companies to face EFCC, ICPC over fake documents –BPP

The Director-General, Bureau for Public Procurement (BPP), Emeka Eze, yesterday said that the names of more than 50 companies have been forwarded to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) for investigation and possible prosecution for allegedly presenting false documents to procure contracts.

The Director-General made the disclosure at the signing of a bi-lateral agreement with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
For instance, Eze recalled how he forwarded letters to EFCC and ICPC in which he listed the names of more than 50 companies that tried to get government jobs through forged documents, “Some people make false claims as regards their capacity. They are the people who shout the greatest but don’t even know what a cubit metre of concrete is. They will quote either ridiculously low but when they don’t get the job, they would begin to shout on top of the roof. When we have such issues, we also write to Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS).  Once they confirm that their tax declaration is fake, we’ll send their names to EFCC or ICPC for prosecution”.

Eze also said that aside companies with fake documentation, some procurement staff of different Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) are also being investigated by the ICPC.
On the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with UNODC, Eze said the sum of €34 million grant from the UNODC has been given to the anti-corruption agencies to evolve new means of preventing corruption rather than the norm of prosecution after corruption has been perpetrated.
The DG explained that the UNODC is working with the BPP to develop an ICT framework and technology that would help conduct procurement in all federal institutions.

Eze added that in the course of the interaction, it became necessary to expand the interaction and “as part of support from UNDOC is a €34 million grant the European Union (EU) gave to the country in support of anti-corruption agencies like Code of Conduct bureau, Code of Conduct Tribunal, EFCC, Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU, ICPC, BPP, the police and the judiciary are all beneficiaries of the system”.

“In the course of the interactions we have had with most of them, they have understood that over the years, we have been paying so much attention to combating corruption in the traditional way of looking at it after the crime has been committed, We are looking at prosecution without so much attention being paid to prevention,” the BPP boss noted.

He explained that prevention requires putting processes, procedure and adequate deployment of technology in place and then focusing on the human beings and get them to be on the same page.

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