$2.6bn pipeline contract: Lawmakers kick against plan to invite 50 expatriates

The House of Representatives Committee on Local Content has opposed plans by the Brentex CPP, the consortium handling construction of the Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano gas pipeline construction, to invite 50 expatriates from China, against the five approved by the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board.

The committee also intends to probe the companies that make up the consortium, asking Brentex Petroleum Services Ltd, the lead partner, to provide the names of the companies that form the consortium, while the Corporate Affairs Commission would unveil the owners.

The House Committee on Local Content, which grilled some of the parties in the construction contract in Abuja on Tuesday, is particularly probing the contractors handling the 40”× 318.6km BVS12 Kaduna-Kano section or Segment 2 of the Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano.

Chairman of the committee, Mr Legor Idagbo, had noted that the probe by the lawmakers was based on a petition filed by the Local Content Advocacy and Monitoring Group, dated February 2, 2021.

Idagbo had also disclosed that the committee had received some documents from NNPC, Brentex, Bablink and the petitioners over the contract.

The lawmaker had said the committee would decide whether to go into a full investigative hearing or the issues could be resolved after the meeting.

“We will not tolerate a breach of any of our local content laws, to protect our local contractors and ensure that they get the best deal out of any investment in the country,” Idagbo had stated.

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