A media consultancy firm, Advision Communications Ltd., has filed a suit against the Ministry of Environment, the Minister, Suleiman Hassan, the Bureau of Public Procurement and Alliance Boot Ltd., for allegedly tampering with its bid for the Ogoni clean-up media consultancy.
The company in the suit before Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court, Abuja, is seeking N100 million damages against the defendants.
It also wants the ministry staff investigated for ‘fraudulently tampering with the plaintiffs’ bid documents, conspiracy and criminal manipulation of the procedural guidelines laid down in the Procurement Act in the contract award.”
Advision Communications and its Managing Director, Oluwafemi Agunbiade, claimed that the Ministry of Environment “criminally but fraudulently tampered with their financial proposal at bid opening by unilaterally reducing it from N290,310,000 to N175,502,000 without reference to the plaintiff and before transmission of same to the third defendant (BPP).”
The plaintiffs are equally seeking an order compelling the BPP to recall the certificate of no objection issued in favour of Alliance Boot Ltd. in respect of the public relations consultancy for hydrocarbon pollution remediation in Ogoniland.
In a writ of summons filed by their lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, the claimants also sought for an order declaring their bid as the most qualified and financials as the most responsive.
The plaintiffs in their statement of claim explained that they submitted a bid for the ‘Lot 3 bid for hydrocarbon pollution remediation project Ogoniland clean up’ on January 19, 2017, and received a letter on March 30th from the Federal Ministry of Environment that their bid was shortlisted.
The plaintiffs further stated that they were invited to participate in the next stage of the bid because the Expression of Interest Evaluation Report certified their bid as meritorious, adding that they were directed to collect the Report for Proposal after payment of N10,000.
The Plaintiffs averred that if any of their documents was missing or did not meet the basic requirements, they would not have been prequalified by the ministry for the collection of RFP.
They added that they participated in the opening of the bids and equally signed both the register and countersigned the financial bids for Lot 3, pointing out that their opening bid was N298,310,000.
But after three months without any communication from the environment ministry, the minister and the BPP, the plaintiffs said they sent a letter of inquiry to the Permanent Secretary in the ministry requesting the status of the bid, but were orally informed that their bid was disqualified on technical grounds.