Reps panel invites EFCC, DSS, others over N6.5bn unpaid revenue from Lagos Trade Fair Complex


An Ad hoc Committee of the House of Representatives has invited the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Department of State Services (DSS) over N6.5 billion unpaid revenue due to the Federal Government from the Trade Fair Complex in Lagos.

The committee investigating Federal Government’s leased properties also invited the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP), Aulic Nigeria Ltd, Plaza Owners Association and others.

The decision to summon the entities was reached on Tuesday during an investigative hearing.

The Director of Admin and Human Resources of Lagos International Trade Complex, Francis Dajilak, in his presentation, claimed that Aulic Nigeria Ltd, who was given the concession of the complex between 2007 and 2017, is yet to remit money to the federal government.

He explained that the concessionaire faced some challenges because the DSS, who initially occupied part of the land where the complex is located, refused to move.

Mr Dajilak stated that Aulic Limited was unable to commence operation till 2008. He added that the company failed to remit any money to the government between 2007 and 2017.

He told the committee that the EFCC was invited to intervene; however, the commission could not recover the funds.

Following the revelation, a member of the Committee, Sani Bala from Kano State, moved a motion for all the aforementioned agencies to appear before the committee on a yet-to-be-decided date.