Lottery contract scam: Senate wants out-of-court settlement
From Fred ItuaAbuja
the The Senate Sports Committee, led by Senator Obinna Ogba, has asked the Infrastructure Regulatory Commission, the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) and the National Lottery Regulatory Commission (NLRC) to settle their disagreement with System Numeric amicably.
The committee gave its opinion last Thursday when the conflicting parties appeared before it. The opinion is in line with the opinion of the Attorney General of the Federation, who ordered that the case be settled out of court. The committee said the move was necessary to prevent Nigeria from losing over N3 trillion every year due to the standoff.
The senators, while condemning the shenanigans of government agencies in handling the offer that led to the lawsuit, gave the two sides two weeks to settle out of court.
The Lotteries Commission and the Office of Public Procurement reportedly avoided due process in the bidding process for the LPAAS contract.
System Numeric accused the Lotteries Commission and the Office of Public Procurement of violating due process in the bidding process for the contract as contained in the law establishing the commission.
In accordance with the requirement set out during the bidding process in 2012, the company submitted a technical proposal of which the financial proposal was a section.
The other company submitted its technical and financial bids in separate documents in violation of Section 13, page 17 of the Lottery Commission’s Request for Proposals, RFP.
According to available documents, the competing bidder failed to provide the performance bond as required, while System Numeric provided a N500 million performance bond from a bank.
The CEO of System Numeric, Chief Athan Nneji Achonu, while briefing reporters after interfacing with the committee, gave an overview of what happened.
Achonu told reporters: “It is a very sad day for me to come to this sacred place to mourn over a cabal that has been trying to hijack this process since 2012 and deprive Nigeria of over N3 trillion revenue. .
“I won a contract to deploy this platform to monitor all lottery activity in this country. The first attempt they made was to use a bogus company. This was brought to the House representatives and their verdict was that System Numeric was the only qualified company.
“They have now changed tactics, started moving from Italy to Spain; they will bring one group or the other. The leadership has changed, but the same cabal has not moved. Because of their selfish interests, they deprived this country of enormous revenues. That’s why I had to cry out to the Senate to do us justice.