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Published On: Wed, Jun 4th, 2014

Aviation: Reps order return of bullet-proof cars

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nigeria_reps_in_first_sessionFrom Suleiman Idris, Lagos.

The House of Representatives, yesterday, ordered the return of the twocontroversial bullet-proof vehicles purportedly bought for former minister of aviation, Ms. Stella Oduah by the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA and seeks the refund of money paid for them.

The committee on aviation also sought for a review of some contractual agreements entered into by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), citing controversial clauses and loopholes in the transactions.

After a tour of airport facilities and on-going projects in Lagos, members of the lower house of the National Assembly expressed misgiving over some of the activities of agencies in the sectors and order a review of certain agreement that has been terminated.

The members, during an interactive session with heads of agencies at the FAAN headquarters in Lagos, ordered for a return of the controversial vehicles to Coscharis Motors and seek the refund of N255 million said to have been paid for them.

Chairman of the committee, Nkiruka Chidubem Onyejeocha said that the agency havs no business in keeping the cars, stressing that the contract terms between NCAA and Coscharis Motors should be cancelled and the money recovered from the supplier.

“What we said about the bullet-proof cars is that, that contract should be cancelled, because NCAA don’t have any business keeping the cars, it should be returned to the supplier and then they recover our money”

She said due process was not followed during the purchase of the cars and said “We recommended that they should cancel the contract and recover our money, so those cars are not supposed to be parked, therefore, send the cars to the seller”.

The acting Director-General of NCAA, Engr. Benedict Adeyileka had earlier informed the visiting members that the bullet-proof cars were parked at the NCAA’s office in Abuja.

The members also ordered the cancellation of concession agreement entered into by FAAN and FirstBank Nigeria Limited as they stressed that the agreement was not favourable to FAAN and wondered how the bank has become a revenue collection agency for the federal government.

Also, the lawmakers asked FAAN to take another look at some of its agreement with the bank which they described as the “worst agreement” FAAN entered into behalf of the federal government.

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