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NIGERIA: PHCN obeys court order, releases contract details

POWER Holding Company of Nigeria, PHCNPOWER Holding Company of Nigeria, PHCN, has revealed the documents containing details of a World Bank-assisted contract for the supply and installation of High Voltage Distribution systems in Abuja, Lagos and Ibadan, in compliance with last month’s order of an Abuja Federal High Court.

By a letter dated April 2, 2013, and signed by  its General Manager, Project Monitoring Unit, PMU, Mr A.J. Ciroma, the PHCN forwarded a copy of the “Bid Evaluation Report containing all annexes” and a copy of the signed contract document to the Nigerian Contract Monitoring Coalition.

The coalition had made a request for them under the Freedom of Information Act and instituted the suit, following PHCN’s earlier refusal to disclose them.

PHCN explained in the covering letter that “the contact sum, the conditions of contract, payment terms and number of required sectionalizers in each of the HVDS Networks are all contained in the signed contract document.”

It also requested the Public and Private Development Centre, PPDC, which instituted the suit on behalf of the Nigerian Contract Monitoring Coalition, to forward its bank account details to PHCN to enable the company pay the N20,000 costs awarded against PHCN by the court.

In the suit instituted on its behalf by the PPDC on September 21, 2012, the coalition sought an order to compel PHCN and the Attorney General of the Federation to provide it with procurement information relating to Bid No. NGP-D2 for the supply of 300 units of 11 KV, 500A On-Load Sectionalizers for installation at the High Voltage Distribution System, HVDS, networks at Karu in Abuja; at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, in Lagos; in two other locations in Lagos, Ogba and Agege; as well as Challenge in Ibadan, Oyo State.

Besides the PPDC, which is the National Convener of the Coalition, other members include the Nigerian Society of Engineers, NSE, Media Rights Agenda, MRA, the Centre for Organizational and Professional Ethics, COPE-AFRICA, and the Initiative for Environmental and Health Society, IFEHS.

PHCN had initially refused to provide any of the records and documents requested by the coalition under the Freedom of Information Act but later released some of them after Justice A.F.A.Ademolaof the Federal High Court in Abuja granted the coalition leave to institute the suit.

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