House of Representatives on Wednesday resolved to set up an Ad-hoc Committee that will investigate whether due process was followed before termination of the multi-billion naira contract between Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and Intels.
The contract for the monitoring and supervision of pilotage districts in the exclusive Economic Zone of Nigeria permits Intels to receive revenue generated in each pilotage district from service boat operations in consideration for 28 percent of total revenue as commission to Intels which was signed in 2000 was terminated on the 27th September 2017.
Diri Douye (PDP-Bayelsa) who sponsored the motion explained that the “agreement included the construction and operation of Apapa, Warri, Federal Ocean Terminal Port and One in Port Harcourt which Intels spent $900 million.”
According to him, the implementation of the contract on a 7,000 Nigerians and their dependants, who are employees of Intels Nigeria Limited since the inception of its services to NPA at the maritime sector.
Other lawmakers who spoke in favour of the motion including Simon Irabo (PDP-Plateau), Chris Azubogu (PDP-Anambra), Ahmed Kaita (APC-Katsina), Rita Orji (PDP-Lagos) Mohammed Munguno (APC-Borno), Sergius Ogun (PDP-Edo)
In his contribution, Johnson Agbonayima (PDP-Edo) who urged the House not to take side in the matter, noted that the company should institute legal action against NPA.
On his part, Sergius Ogun (PDP-Edo) who lamented over series of agitations by workers over concessioning of Murtala Muhammad International Airport, Lagos and Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja, expressed worry over the fate of workers that would be affected by the termination of the Intels contract.
However, Ali Madaki (APC-Kano) who frowned at the level of impunity within the industry, alleged non-remittance of revenue accrued to government as provided by Sections 80(1) and 162(1 & 10) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).
In his brief remarks on the motion, Speaker Yakubu Dogara who presided over the plenary sessions noted that monopoly itself is not an offence but the abuse of it.
The House resolved to set up an Ad-hoc Committee that will investigate the crisis with the view to ascertain if due process was followed in the termination of the existing agreement and other related matters on the contract.
The committee which is to be constituted is expected to report back within two weeks for further legislative action.
KEHINDE AKINTOLA, Abuja