The Nigerian government has said it followed due process in the award of contracts for the remediation of polluted sites in Ogoni land.
In two separate responses to searchlightnews, report on how the Buhari administration awarded Ogoni cleanup contracts to unqualified firms, both the Federal Ministry of Environment and the Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project (HYPREP) said that due process was followed in awarding the said contracts.
In the statements, signed on behalf of the ministry by the Director of Press, Saghir el Mohammed, and another sent by HYPREP Media Director, Ekaete Umo, the duo said the choice of the companies ”complied with the Federal Government Executive Order 5.”
They said the order is aimed at growing the local capacity of Nigerian companies ”by encouraging them to partner remediation technical companies with proven track records”.
But Searchlightnews.com has identified contradictions in submissions made by both outfits, especially on the five-year experience required of the interested companies.