ICT firm denies report linking it to alleged ₦289 million JAMB’s contract

A company that provides information and communication technology (ICT) has denied a news report from an online website that claimed it received a N289.8 million contract to provide office supplies to the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB).

According to ICS, it has given its attorneys the go-ahead to file a lawsuit against the people who wrote the damning report.

It is an anomaly for a known IT company to be involved in the supply of office supplies in this current period of digital transformation, according to a statement from the company signed by Fidelis Okpala.

The company’s statement made available to newsmen on Thursday read, ‘Refutal on the alleged award of contract for the supply of office stationeries worth N289,859,700 VAT inclusive, to International Control System on 14th June and May 14th 2021 which worth was over (N18,984,420.84) by JAMB’. It reads:

“The attention of the management of International Control Systems Limited, an IT Solutions and Services provider, has been drawn to an article recently published exclusively by an online media platform titled:” EXCLUSIVE: Anti-graft Agency, ICPC To Probe Education Agency. JAMB”.

“It was alleged in the said article that a contract for the supply of office stationeries worth (N289,859,700) VAT inclusive was awarded to International Control Systems on 14th June and May 14th, 2021 which worth was over (N18, 984, 420. 84) signed by one Mufutua A. Bello.

“This is a very malicious and false allegation as International Control Systems Limited was not awarded any contract of the alleged amounts to supply office stationeries. It is indeed an aberration for a renowned IT Company to be involved in the supply of office stationeries in this era of Digital Transformation Solutions in all sectors of the economy globally.

“We hereby state in strong terms that this allegation is false, ill-founded, a blatant lie from faceless individuals with fictitious addresses.

This report has caused our company serious embarrassment and as such we have instructed our lawyers to take appropriate legal action. Journalists should at all times report verified facts and not fake news’’.
Chima Ugo is a patriotic Nigerian, a journalist, blogger and singer who is so much interested in the internet, journalism, and blogging and have been for half a decade.