The House of Representatives Committee on Federal Roads Management Agency (FERMA)on Wednesday uncovered a sting operation by the Department of State Services (DSS), during the committee’s executive session with management of the agency.
The lawmakers discovered identity of operatives who attended the closed session meeting as part of the agencies management team.
The committee demanded that the meeting be collapsed into an executive session after the presentation of 2016 budget performance by the acting Managing Director of the agency, Peter Ibu.
Upon the discovery of the plot by FERMA in collaboration with the DSS operative, decided to brief selected journalists invited by the committee to FERMA headquarters in Abuja, and advised Ibu to resign for suspicious activities and incompetence.
The lawmakers also queried the agency over allegations bothering on sale of contracts and award of multi-million naira contracts without the approval of Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE).
Similarly, the Committee expressed displeasure over the non-utilisation of the sum of N10.3 billion released in October 2016 to the agency out of the N21,816,546,653 appropriated in the 2016 Appropriation Act.
Director General of Budget Office, via a warrant No.
W01/00006938 for the execution of capital projects, compelled FERMA to remit to the Treasury the sum of N8 billion out of N10.3 billion already released so far.
They also accused the FERMA acting Managing Director for failing to sanction the defaulting contractor despite the intervention of the Committee on slow pace of contract.
The lawmakers also questioned the failure of the agency to ensure maximum utilisation of the 80TPH Asphalt Plant at Kuje area of Abuja, which was leased for five years at the sum of N193,341,887.29 out of which the sum of N9,665,094.36 was paid as commitment fees since 15th November 2011.