Controversy seems to be trailing the award of a contract for the Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) Vessel for domestic LPG Operation worth $150million (about N30billion) by the Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) Limited.
An indigenous firm, A.G. Butler Nigeria Limited, which claimed to have won the contract, is accusing the NLNG management of denying it the offer and allegedly planning to award same contract to a foreign firm, thereby breaching the provisions of the Nigerian Content Act.
The indigenous firm, in a petition to the executive secretary of the Nigeria Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), said it passed through all the processes to emerge top among other 11 companies that bid for the contract.
The petition, dated February 14, 2015, stated that the indigenous firm got all the clarifications from the management of the NLNG to prove that it won the contract and was awaiting the award of the contract which was scheduled for end of June or early July 2015, before it got information that the same contract had been awarded to a foreign firm.
The foreign firm was not part of the 12 firms that submitted bids for the contract.
The petition reads in part that, “We wish to register our complaint with respect to the above stated tender which NLNG invited Nigerian companies to bid, and after going through all the rigours of the tendering process, NLNG declined awarding the contract to an indigenous Nigerian company. We have been reliably informed that the above referenced tender has been awarded to a foreign company, contrary to the provision of the Nigerian Content Act. “While A. G. Butler is awaiting the award of the contract which was scheduled for end of June or early July 2015, information reaching us is to the effect that the whole process has been subverted and the contract awarded to a foreign company, which violates both Nigerian Content and Cabotage Acts. It is in the light of the aforementioned that we humbly request your intervention to restore normality to the entire process and let the outcome of the competitive bid take its effect. We believe that you will use your good offices to correct this aberration and abnormality being perpetrated by NLNG.”
When contacted, Tony Okonedo, Manager, communications and public affairs, NLNG, denied the allegation, saying the process for the award of the said contract was still in motion.
Okonedo said, “Let them provide whatever evidence to show that a contract has been awarded. According to them, the contract was later given to a foreign company. I have made enquiries with my people in Bonny. There is no foreign company involved in that bid, and that tender process is still in motion. So, if they have any document relating to the award of the contract to a foreign firm, let them produce the evidence.”
He wondered why the indigenous firm would not be patient enough to wait for the outcome of their petition to the NCDMB before going to the press.

Johnson Alabi
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