Purchase of N255m armoured vehicles followed due process – NCAA




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By SundiataPOST,

purchase of two armoured vehicles by Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) at cost of N255.1 followed due process, Capt.  Folayele Akinkuotu, the Director-General of (NCAA), has said.
He said this Friday while addressing a news conference in amid public outcry at cost of procurement of two BMW 760 Li armoured vehicles.
According Akinkuotu, agency has taken delivery of vehicles.
He told that the vehicles were available at NCAA office for the media see, adding that it was not the first time the agency had procured such “high security vehicles’’.
The director-general, however, did not disclose other such vehicles in the agency’ pool of cars and the cost of procurement when asked him mention more of such vehicles in the agency.
He said that the purchase of the “operational vehicles’’ was captured in the 2013 appropriation of the agency.
“The cars are operational vehicles used in the varied operations of the NCAA, transporting the minister and aviation-related foreign dignitaries are part of this operation.
“It is internationally customary to convey our minister and these visiting dignitaries in security vehicles whenever they are in .[eap_ad_1]
“It must be noted that during such visitations, the security of of delegations is the sole responsibility of the host country,’’ he said.
Akinkuotu said that he was “shell-shocked’’ that government information regarding the procurement of the two vehicles was obtained illegally and transmitted to the public medium in an “illegal manner’’.
“How you obtain information and how you put it in the public purview can actually be criminal,’’ he said.
He said that the agency had yet to ascertain the source of the leaked documents that revealed the details of the transactions.
According to him, the agency has issued a circular to all the staff, reminding them of the “confidentiality’’ of certain aspects of their work.
The circular read by the director-general in part said: “By the nature of our work and statutory provisions, certain levels of documents, processes and information are required for the day-to-day operation.
“For instance, the Civil Aviation Act makes specific provisions with respect to our obligation for confidentiality and restricted access to certain information that we procure in the conduct of our  statutory functions.’’
Akinkuotu said that the agency was in the process of ascertaining the source of the leak and expressed concern that there might be other confidential information that had been obtained from the agency illegally.
“It is not fair for someone to obtain information illegally and we must accept that this is not the way to do it.’’
Among those who attended the press conference were Mrs Joyce Nkemakolam, the Director Aerodrome Standards and Mr Sadiku Ozigi, the Director of Finance of the agency attended the press conference.[eap_ad_4]