Reps committee risks lawsuit over PRODA probe

The Board Chairman of Tasks Growth Company (PRODA), Comrade Daniel Onjeh, on Thursday, threatened the Home of Representatives Committee on Public Procurement, with a lawsuit, ought to it didn’t retract claims of fraud in opposition to him inside one week.

PRODA, an company of presidency has been below probe by Reps Committee on Public Procurement opened investigation into actions of the company which is below the Ministry of Science and Expertise in Enugu.

The Committee indicted the board chairman of economic misappropriation in the middle of their probe, however frowned on the declare, the Chairman has requested the panel to retract the claims by subsequent week, or face being dragged to courtroom, by his attorneys.

The Committee additionally maintained that Onjeh was concerned in perjury, alleging that he cast a letter head of PRODA and interfered with procurement processes.

In keeping with the Committee, he was additionally suspended by the Federal Ministry of Science and Expertise, as the top of the company’s board.

However reacting in a chat with journalists instantly after the Committee listening to in Abuja, Onjeh denied that he was suspended as PRODA Board Chairman.

He mentioned “at no time, was I suspended as Chairman of PRODA; I’m nonetheless the Chairman and even a letter by the Committee (of the Home), inviting me for the listening to, addressed me as such.

“I’ve already briefed my attorneys, and have written to the Speaker of the Home of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, telling him to on the subsequent plenary(Tuesday subsequent week), retract the claims that I used to be eliminated as Chairman of the Board of PRODA, or I’ll go to courtroom”.

He made a categorical assertion that it was solely President Muhammadu Buhari that may take away him from workplace

Talking on investigation of his actions, he famous that he by no means shunned invitation for investigation, however he solely demanded to be given someday.

The Speaker of the Home of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila who personally declared the listening to open, urged the Committee to be discreet, whereas he expressed optimism that the end result would mirror the needs of the folks.

Earlier, the Chairman of the panel, Rep. Nasir Ahmed, disclosed that the Committee wasn’t out to witch hunt anybody, however to “examine the Procurement Deception, Workers Victimization and Ongoing Administration Drawback In Challenge Growth Company (PRODA), Enugu below the Federal Ministry of Science and Expertise“.

He mentioned “I’m truly shocked, that they’ve refused to seem earlier than us. With or with out them, the investigation will proceed and we are going to do a radical job”.

Mr. Edet Akpan, Everlasting Secretary of the Ministry and consultant of the Minister of Science and Tech, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, admitted earlier than the committee, that the absentee Performing Dg, was absolutely briefed of the listening to.

He nonetheless, couldn’t say why he determined to not come, simply as he admitted earlier than the Committee, that Mr. Onje was now not the Chairman, and that his correspondence to the Home utilizing the company’s letterhead, amounted to forgery and impersonation.

Additionally on the listening to, was Mr. Babatunde Kuye, Director on the Bureau for Public Procurement, who represented the Director Basic and Mr. Nathan Abia- Bassey, a former Performing Dg of PRODA.

Mr. Akpan, mentioned “Comrade Dan Onje, is now not the Chairman of PRODA; he was requested to step apart”.

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