Nigerian Printers Reacts TO FEC 2.9billion PRINT CONTRACT APPROVAL

Reactions have continued to trail the public domain over the recent announcement from the Federal Executive Council on awarding a printing contract worth of 2.9billion Naira to eight groups of unidentified printers for the printing of sensitive and non-sensitive examination materials.

The decisions were taken at the council’s meeting presided over by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed; Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu; and the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mohammed Bello, briefed State House correspondents at the end of the meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

 

According to Adamu, he said the printing contracts were awarded to a group of eight printers and the materials are meant for the Basic Education Certification Examination, the Senior Secondary Certificate Examination, and the National Common Entrance, adding that “because of the recent disturbances, we have postponed the examinations that have not taken place.”

 

What the general public received as good news to the Nigeria printing industry  was received with mixed reactions by the practitioners.

We carried out an opinion poll in different printers platforms to ascertain their views on the approval and our questions were pulled from the following:

  • CIPPON ACT position on the recent FEC approval? 
  • What are the names of these eight groups of printers?
  • Are they Nigerian licensed PRINTERS or portfolio printers?
  • Do they have capacity to executive these jobs?
  • How come 99.9% of licensed printers were not aware of the bidding process?
  • What were the criteria for selection?
  • Will the materials be printed here in Nigeria to develop our local capacity or taken abroad at the detriment of local capacity development?

 

Responding, the  Managing Director and CEO of  Printway, an  Abuja based printing firm, said:  ” This news may not be heartwarming contrary to other stakeholders view. It’s important for concern stakeholders in conjunction with Chartered Institute of Professionals Printers of Nigeria (CIPPON)  to quickly step in and obtain necessary data under Freedom of  Information Act (FOI) . Otherwise this may just be another scam for the industry” He said

 

Former Director of Government Printing Press, Jigawa State – Mallam Dauda Adamu  asked : “Are the issuing authority aware of CIPPPON Act signed into law by  late president  YAR’ADUA ? Are there penalty imposed for violators of CIPPON ACT?  The time is now for CIPPON  to liaise with law enforcement   agencies  and the judgment be given wider publicity to serve as warning to others” .

 

The president of CIPPON, Mr. Gbemi Malomo pointed out the position of the law when it comes to awarding of print contracts: “The prerequisite to practice printing in Nigeria is to have a license to practice ( regulation) without license,  such individual is a quack in the eyes of the law”.

 

In addition, the Secretary of CIPPON – Mr. Akin Oduwole who joined the discussion halfway appealed to every practitioner to encourage CIPPON in its fight to build a level playing ground for all. “My mind has been  wondering how helpless our colleagues in Surulere and some part of shomolu are currently. Many have lost multiples of millions to looting and they didn’t have insurance, some have probably developed blood pressure but who cares? We move on… I have always seen CIPPON as a tool to better our business lot. And I am thinking now that why shouldn’t it be compulsory to have insurance if your business is worth a certain amount as a prerequisite to getting your license, the institute also negotiate good rates on the member behalf so that if something happens,  vulnerable members are protected. Mr. Oduwole stated