10 December 2012 – Nigeria has reversed course and validated a power-management contract signed by Canada’s Manitoba Hydro Electric board in July 2012 to run the state-owned power utility transmission company. This was after the contract had been seemingly cancelled citing irregular procedures.
“We have received ratification from the Bureau of Public Procurement and the contract has been certified,” Chukwuma Nwokoh, a spokesman for the Abuja-based privatisation agency informed news agency Bloomberg. Under Nigerian laws, all contracts entered into by the government need to be certified by the Bureau of Public Procurement.
Reuben Abati, a spokesman for President Goodluck Jonathan, on November 14 2012 announced the cancellation of the contract saying the correct procedure wasn’t followed. Manitoba did not follow the law strictly and initial report of the termination was a misunderstanding, Jonathan said on November 18 in an interview broadcast on state-run television NTA.