NCAA debunks allegations of buying N250m vehicle

2024-04-29 19:50:08

Champion Newspapers Limited

The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority of Nigeria (NCAA) has refuted claims that it purchased N250 million worth of vehicles for its Ag. Director General.

The agency said the figure was outrageous and above the purview of the money the DG could approve for himself.

Over the weekend, an online medium reported that a few months after he was appointed acting director-general of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, Capt. Chris Najomo was roped in with alleged financial recklessness, violations of government procurement regulations, and gross abuse of office.

The report claimed that the agency purchased a 2022 brand of Toyota Land Cruiser (70th Anniversary Edition) worth over N250m as the official vehicle for the DG.

Reacting to the claim, the Director of Public Affairs and Consumer Protection, Michael Achimugu said the claim was false.

He said: "I know for certain and I am saying it for the record that the NCAA has not paid any dime as payment for any vehicle anywhere in the world since Captain Najomo came to office.

"I challenge the person to present evidence and I will tender my resignation. I am saying with every confidence that the NCAA has not paid any money for any vehicle anywhere.

"To purchase anything in NCAA, you must go through a process and we have not gone through that process, so how do we purchase a N250 million vehicle? Also, do not forget that the figure is most likely above the purview of the DG to approve for himself."

He added that since Najomo came into office, the 11 directors heading various departments were yet to be assigned official vehicles.

"The Ag. DG told the directors that none of the 11 of us will get our official vehicles until other junior staff are taken care of. In demonstration of this, he effected the payment of a backlog of housing arrears to all staff that had accumulated since 2019.

"He also made sure staff who were due for promotion but were stagnated got their promotion. He believes that when staff are motivated to work through proper welfare, the work will go on smoothly. So, he approved the promotion of stagnated staff to their next rank.

On the approval and payment for training, Achimugu said: "Due to the nature of the job of the NCAA, the staff always undergo training and re-training. Training has been approved and payments were made and the staff involved will go for the training when the time comes. What is delaying their trip for the training is the ban on foreign trips by the president. Once the ban is lifted, they will go for their training."

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