The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State, Dr. Davies Ikanya, has denied that he was awarded any surveillance contract by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).
In a letter through his solicitors, Chris Osuagwu and Co, Ikanya said he was neither a subscriber nor a director of Snecou Nigeria Limited, the company to which NIMASA awarded debt recovery contract.
He also denied receiving any vehicle from NIMASA, adding that he does not resume office or close with NIMASA Director General, Dr Dakuku Peterside.
According to Chris Osuagwu and Co, “Our client took several years to build/earn his reputation and this contributed to his election as the chairman of APC, Rivers State. Therefore, he would not watch by idly for such hard earned public reputation to be destroyed by anybody group or organisation.
THISDAY had recently reported that the debt recovery and surveillance contract awarded to the Global West Vessel Specialists Nigeria Limited (GWVSNL) owned by former Niger Delta militant, Government Ekpomupolo, popularly known as Tompolo, by NIMASA during the President Goodluck Jonathan administration and cancelled by President Muhammadu Buhari has been awarded to a Snecou Nigeria Limited, a company allegedly owned by Ikanya.
This, Ikanya said, was incorrect, distancing himself from Snecou Financial Services Company Limited.
Recently, NIMASA announced that it had appointed Snecou Financial Services Company Limited to assist in revenue generation.
The agency, in a statement, said the move was in a bid to shore up its revenue amid the nation’s dwindling economy.
It said the contract which also has the company serving as a recovery agent for debts owed the agency is for a period of two years in the first instance with an option for renewal.
NIMASA added that the approval for this contract was recently granted by the Tenders Board (PTB) of the agency at its 55th session which was held in the agency’s head office in Lagos.
“Given the urgent need to recover the agency’s debts which is in billions of naira, the agency sought and obtained approval for a ‘Certificate of No Objection’ from the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) in line with the Public Procurement Act (PPA),”it stated.