Transport Minister AGF BPP sued for appointment of cargo tracking system operator – The Sun Nigeria

From Godwin Tsa, Abuja

A civil society organization brought the Minister of Transport, the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and the Public Procurement Bureau (BPP) to the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court over the appointment of operators the International Cargo Tracking System (ICTN).

Two companies, Medtech Scientific Limited and Rozi International Nigeria Limited have been appointed as operators of the international cargo tracking system.

But in a lawsuit dated December 13, 2021, a civil society organization, Incorporated Trustees Of Citizens

Advocacy for Social and Economic Rights (CASER) is seeking a court order prohibiting the Minister of Transport from appointing companies as operators of the international cargo tracking system.

Registered as defendants are the Minister, the Federal Ministry of Transport, the Public Procurement Office, the Attorney General of the Federation

Medtech Scientific Limited and Rozi International Nigeria Limited.

In a motion for notice filed on behalf of the plaintiff, through his lawyer, Abdulhakeem Musstapha, the plaintiff applied to the court for an interlocutory injunction order restraining the Federal Ministry of Transport (1st defendant); either by himself, attendants, agents, latrines or through any person or persons described or appointed by the appointment of the 4th and 5th defendants as operators of the International Cargo Tracking System (ICTN) in Nigeria pending the hearing and the decision of the merits trial.

He also asked the court for an interlocutory injunction order preventing the 2nd defendant (BPP); either by himself, servants, agents, lackeys or through any person or persons, whatever the description or name, to give other approvals and waivers to the 1st defendant in the as part of the planned appointment of the 4th and 5th Defendants as Operators of the International Cargo Tracking System (ICTN) in Nigeria pending the hearing and the decision of the prosecution on the merits.

He applied to the court for the following orders: an interlocutory injunction order restricting the 4th and 5th defendants; either by themselves, attendants, agents, latrines or through any person or persons, in any way, described or called, walking around or functioning as operators of the international tracking system of cargoes (ICTN) in Nigeria pending the hearing and the decision of the prosecution on the merits.

An interlocutory injunction order retaining all defendants; either by themselves or through their officials or agents or others to take further steps towards the appointment of a company or entity as operators of the international monitoring system of cargoes (ICTN) in Nigeria pending the hearing and the decision of the prosecution on the merits.

He stated that the 1st Respondent (the Minister of Transport) is about to approve and complete the appointment of the 4th and 5th Respondents (the Companies) as Operators of the International Cargo Tracking System (ICTN) in Nigeria without following the provisions of the Public Procurement Act and other laws in force in the country.

According to the prosecution’s lead counsel, said ICTN involves the tracking of goods and services from their loading ports to Nigeria and this has many security and economic implications for the country.

“The 1st Respondent has already obtained approvals for said appointment and is now in the process of appointing the 4th and 5th Respondents notwithstanding the security and economic implications for the country.

“This Honorable Court has the jurisdiction and powers to stop the appointment of the 4th and 5th Defendants as Operators of (ICTN) in Nigeria and to prevent them from appearing as such pending hearing and determination. action on the merits, ”he said. said in the motion on notice.

In the Affidavit in Support of the Notice Motion, filed by Mr. Frank Tietie, the Applicant stated: “I know that a proper implementation of ICTN will be of immense economic and safety benefits, including real-time information on the movement of cross-border goods and shipment intelligence and strengthening of controls on illegal importation of items prejudicial to national security.