The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC has refuted the news report making the rounds claiming that the Commission awarded a contract for the printing of sensitive election materials to Aishatu Dahiru Ahmed.
According to a statement signed by INEC’s National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Barrister Festus Okoye, the report alleged that Aishatu Dahiru Ahmed is the owner of Binani Printing Press Limited.
Okoye noted that the security printing company with the name “Binani Printing Press Limited” secured the contract through open competitive bidding and did not list Aishatu Dahiru Ahmed as one of its Directors.
Read Statement Below:
Our attention has been drawn to a news report that the Commission awarded a contract for the printing of sensitive election materials to Aishatu Dahiru Ahmed. It was alleged in the report that she owns Binani Printing Press Limited.
Procurements in the Commission go through open competitive bidding and Binani Printing Press Limited was one of the security printing companies that applied to print security documents for the Commission.
After inspecting the company’s facility and carrying out due diligence at the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), the Commission was satisfied that they are qualified printers with the requisite technical capacity, security consciousness and expertise in printing security documents.
However, Aishatu Dahiru Ahmed was not listed as one of the Directors of Binani Printing Press Limited.
The Commission decided to print all the security documents for the 2023 General Election in the country to help Nigerian printers and assist in growing the national economy.
The Commission will continue to carry out due diligence in its procurement activities.