The House of Representatives Adhoc Committee probing the inability of the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) to provide widespread available telecommunication network is investigating the 1,014 contracts carried out by the commission.
Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof Umar Danbatta, submitted documents pertaining the contracts to the House Ad-hoc Committee, which is also investigating accruals and utilisation of funds under the Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF).
Headed by Bamidele Salam, the committee had on Monday demanded details of the projects including specific addresses and project description and specifications for each of the contracts that were awarded and listed in the 91-page document submitted by NCC.
The Committee observed that there was no specific description of what was done in the contracts, saying they were couched in a manner that they would be hard to track.
It also noted that 80 percent of the projects had no specific location.
The NCC was expected to have submitted the required documents on Tuesday at 2pm to enable the committee analyse them during the Wednesday’s hearing.
Salam said the Committee will peruse the documents and fix another date to invite the NCC.
The lawmakers frowned at the absence of the Chief Executive Officers of telecommunication companies, who were summoned to make presentations at the hearing.
The Committee warned that it would sanction them according to the dictates of the law if they continued to disregard its invitations.
Reporting by Ibrahim Shehu; Editing by Muzha Kucha and Julian Osamoto