… As indigenous firms jostle for same job
The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) is at a cross road as to whether to reinstate the recently cancelled service boat contract with Integrated Logistics Services Limited (Intels) after the company apologised and promised to abide by government Treasury Single Account (TSA) regulations..
Spokesman for NPA and General Manager, Corporate and Strategic Communications, Aliyu Goje confirmed that the NPA management is yet to decide on the matter.
Goje , who was responding to a text message inquiry on the possibility of Intels return to the cancelled contract since the job was thrown open to other interested and qualified companies, said further directives are being awaited on the matter.
He informed our reporter through the message, that the NPA Managing Director, Hadiza Bala Usman is meeting with top management staff members while awaiting further directives on the next steps to take.
The cancellation , which has attracted interests of some local and foreign companies to undertake the job also resulted in the recent advertisement by NPA seeking for qualified companies to replace Intels.
After its initial refusal to obey government directives on paying all government monies into a Treasury Single Account (TSA) domiciled with Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Intels made a u-turn on Thursday when it apologised for not obeying the directives and pledged to always remit all government monies into the TSA account.
The contract cancellation has attracted the interest of other companies who wish to participate in the same job but never shown interest in the past as the job was being done by Intels.
An investor in the maritime industry who prefers anonymity said it will be unfair of NPA to give the job to Intels again without allowing for a transparent selection process as some other companies are showing optimism to do the job better and abide by extant rules without dragging the government into avoidable controversies.