Senate quiz Police on N550m office renovation, others


Floor of the SenateThe Senate Committee on Public Accounts has asked the Police Trust Fund to justify why it spent N500m on office renovation and procurement of office furniture from the N3.2 bn it collected from Service Wide Votes.

The Senate Committee on Thursday quizzed the Executive Secretary, Police Trust Fund, Abdullaahi Bala, on Thursday when he was justifying the reasons why the fund got service wide votes.

During the session, a member of the Committee, Senator Michael Nnachi, drew the attention of the Executive Secretary to page seven of the document, where the same project was given different line items.

The controversial line items are office furniture and equipment — N200m; renovation and partition — N100m, and office rehabilitation — N250m.

Responding, the Executive Secretary explained that the office was confiscated to them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

The Acting Chairman who is also the Vice Chairman of the Committee, Senator Ibrahim Hadejia directed the agency to produce the relevant documents related to the contracts on the renovation and rehabilitation and present a procurement officer before the Committee by next Thursday.

He said, “Get your details, come with procurement documents and procurement officer before us by next week Thursday.”

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