USPF Project Investigation: NCC Submits 1,014 Contract Documents to Representative Committee

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) on Wednesday submitted relevant documents to the House of Representatives Adhoc Committee which is currently investigating the Commission’s inability to provide a widely available telecommunications network in relation to 1014 contracts it carried out under the Fund. of Universal Service Provision (USPF).

NCC Executive Vice President Professor Umar Garba Danbatta presented the documents to the Committee, which is also investigating the accruals and use of funds at the USFP.

The Committee, headed by Hon Bamidele Salam, on Monday demanded details of the projects, including specific addresses and description of the project and specifications for each of the contracts that were awarded and are listed in the 91-page document submitted by the NCC.

The Committee had noted that there was no specific description of what was done in the contracts and that they were worded in a way that would be difficult to trace.

He also noted that 80 percent of the projects did not have a specific location.

The commission was expected to have filed the required documents Tuesday at 2 pm to allow the committee to review them during Wednesday’s hearing.

However, Hon Salam said that the NCC had submitted the relevant documents late, so they were unable to review them.

He said that the Committee needed to review the documents and that he would contact NCC on another date that would be communicated to them.

Lawmakers frowned at the absence of the CEOs of the telecommunications companies, who were summoned to make presentations at the hearing.

The Committee warned that the Commission would be penalized in accordance with the dictates of the law if it continued to ignore invitations from parliament.


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