The Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA), has asked Isa Pantami, minister of communications and digital economy, to provide details of the procurement process for the N24.2 billion internet facility project.
In March 2023, the federal executive council (FEC) approved the sum of N24.20 billion for the provision of broadband infrastructure in airports, higher institutions, and markets across Nigeria.
Seeking information on the project, Olanrewaju Suraju, chairman of HEDA, in a statement on Sunday, said the minister needs to provide clarification on the procurement process that led to the approval of the allocation of N24.2 billion.
Citing sections 2, 3, and 4 of the freedom of information (FoI) act of 2011, the organisation requested detailed information on how the project would be implemented and the contractors involved.
“The organisation sought to understand whether the project was covered in the approved 2023 budget and the specific budget line it falls under,” the statement reads.
“It also requested information on the approved contractors responsible for implementing the contracts, including their identities and the terms of the contract.”
The civil society organisation said a response to its request should be given within seven days from the receipt of the letter.
The CSO also expressed its willingness to provide further clarification if necessary.
“As a leading anti-corruption organisation in Nigeria, HEDA has consistently advocated for transparency, accountability, and good governance in public spending,” the group added.
“Its demand for an explanation on the procurement process of the N24.2 billion internet facility project highlights its commitment to ensuring that public funds are used judiciously and in accordance with due process.”