Four companies have issued a pre-action notice to the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) over alleged plans by the Authority to award boat service contracts in the four pilotage districts to an entity that did not participate in the procurement process as required by the Public Procurement Act.
The aggrieved companies are Pacific Silverline Ltd, Isasha Investment Ltd, ICA Logistics Ltd and Nexttee Oil & Gas Trading Co. Nig. Ltd.
The pre-action notice dated 23rd September 2021 was addressed to the Managing Director of NPA by the solicitors to the four companies, Messrs Akinlawon & Ajomo.
The companies said NPA’s plan to award the contract to an entity that did not participate in the procurement process violates the Public Procurement Act, Cap P.44.
The notice titled ‘Pre-Action Notice Pursuant to Section 92 of the Nigerian Ports Authority Act CAP N126’, signed by Anthonia Titilola Akinlawon, SAN, reads in part: “We are solicitors to Pacific Silverline Ltd of 4B Louis Solomon Close, Off Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island Lagos; Isasha Investment Ltd of 3, Desmond Tutu Street, Asokoro, Abuja; ICA Logistics Ltd of 24, Harbour Road, Port Harcourt; and Nexttee Oil & Gas Trading Co. Nig. Ltd of 14, Saka Tinubu Street, Victoria Island, Lagos. Hereinafter jointly referred to as our clients.
“We have the instructions of our clients to serve this Pre-action Notice. We were informed by our Clients that they have prior to this time submitted expressions of interest for their engagement as Service Operations Monitoring Agents in four (4) Pilotage Districts pursuant to Public Notice No. 4115 Lot 3 and that after a rigorous exercise of bidding and tendering in accordance with the Public Procurement Act, Cap P.44, they were shortlisted for the award of the contract.
“Our Clients now have cause to believe that your Authority is about to award the contract to an entity which did not participate in the procurement process as required by the said Public Procurement Act, Cap P.44.