Spokesman of the Group, Alhaji Muhammad Kabir Haruna told Journalists in Kano Wednesday that the ministry of Trade and Commerce who awarded the contract on behalf of the federal government never calls for bidding from the general public as stipulated by relevant laws.
The military had last month announced to buy 50,000 pairs of military boots produced in Aba in an effort to look inward.
Kabiru Haruna said “I don’t know the system they employed to award the military contract to Aba based cluster of cobblers, but it was glaringly evident that due process was grossly violated by the minister and her officials “.
Kabiru Haruna described the patronage of unregistered local cobblers as ‘high security risk’ adding that ” its an open invitation to criminals to acquire security outfit with ease” He opined that “military footwear are special and if you chooses to buy from an open market like Aba where criminals have equal access, you are simply compromising national security”.
Kabiru recalled several meeting with the state minister of Trade and Commerce, Aisha Abubakar before the final decision, stressing that they left in the cold when it mattered most. Haruna declared that ” we don’t begrudged patronage of local cobblers, but our concern here is that such feat shouldn’t risk national security most especially now that we are confronted with a number of challenges “.
He therefore appealed to relevant stakeholders to apply in practical term the message to patronise made in Nigeria good, adding that major players shouldn’t be sidelined on issues of national interest.