Freight tracking: the company sues FG for misappropriation of contract
A consultant responsible for implementing the Advance Cargo Reporting/Cargo Tracking Note scheme sued the federal government for alleged attempts to bring in other companies for the project.
Donnington Nigeria Ltd is petitioning a Federal High Court in Abuja to issue an injunction prohibiting the Federal Republic of Nigeria from engaging any other consultants, firms or persons for the implementation of the “Cargo Declaration, Scheme of Note Cargo Tracking System” to include crude oil exports for all import and export shipments within the Nigerian maritime industry.
Donnington Ltd joins the Federal Attorney General, the Department of Petroleum, the Federal Department of Finance and the Federal Department of Transport as defendants in the lawsuit.
In a subpoena from their attorney, Reuben Atabo (SAN), the company claimed that on January 19, 2021, it drafted a proposal through the Office of the President’s Chief of Staff for the reintroduction of the Advanced Cargo System. to reduce crude oil theft in Nigeria.
The company claimed that following the Chief of Staff’s letter dated May 4, 2021 conveying the President’s approval for the reintroduction of the program and relevant approvals from various departments and agencies, it has spent over $3 million. dollars for the purchase of equipment and items, together set up a $ 370,000 portal, engaged foreign partners from the United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates and recruited staff through a human ressources.
The Managing Director of the company, Mohammed Sani, further claimed that “after complying with all the requirements, the Applicant/Applicant (Donnington Nigeria Ltd) observed that the Ministry of Transport was trying to introduce another company to provide similar services”.
No date has been set for the hearing.