N255m Armoured Cars: My Defense; Stella Oduah Writes Mr President

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Ever since news of the purchase of N255 million armoured cars for Aviation Minister, Stella Oduah broke, probe panels have risen from the Presidency, the National Assembly, and even the public. The Director General of National Civil Aviation Agency had defended the purchase of the cars for the minister, but no word of defense had been heard from the minister.

Oduah has now spoken following the setting up of a presidential probe panel, with a letter to the president explaining her side of the story.

The President on Tuesday issued query to her to explain her role in the purchase of the armoured cars.

In her response, the minister said procurement of the cars followed due process and was provided for in the NCAA 2013 budget.

In her defence titled: EXECUTIVE SUMMARY ON THE PROCUREMENT OF NCAA OPERATIONAL VEHICLES, she wrote: “1. The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, is the statutory regulator of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Industry.

Consequently, the NCAA is charged with oversight responsibilities over all civil aviation operations in the country, including safety, security and strict compliance with ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices, SARPs, and Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations, NCARs.

2. Towards the effective implementation of its statutory regulatory responsibilities, therefore, it is imperative that the NCAA is fully equipped with highly specialised tools and facilities, including adequate operational vehicles to cover all 22 national airports and over 400 airstrips. In keeping with standard practice, provision is therefore made annually for the replacement of obsolete, inadequate and unreliable monitoring equipment.

3.In the 2013 budgetary appropriation, provision was made for the procurement of specialised equipment (including operational vehicles) to complement and in some cases replace obsolete ones.

Furthermore, the fact that NCAA, as the regulator of the industry, often plays host to dignitaries from ICAO, IATA, US FAA, AFRAA, AFCAC BAGASO, CANSO, ACI and a host of others makes it necessary to have specialised operational vehicles.

4.With regard to the procurement of additional operational vehicles (including BMW Security Vehicles), the following due process was observed:

(I) By letter dated April 15, 2013, NCAA officially requested authorisation from the Federal Ministry of Aviation to procure 56 operational vehicles through lease financing. This option was proposed to the ministry to enable the NCAA make 36 monthly payments based on receipts from Internally Generated Revenue, IGR.

Approval

The Ministry therefore granted due approval.

(ii)Based on the ministry’s approval, the NCAA invited Expressions of Interest from all Banks in Nigeria for the financing of the said vehicles. EOI was adopted because the procurement is two sided. First, the financier would have to be selected before the supplier is determined. This is in line with procurement best practices.

(iii) On May 24, 2013, the response received from the various banks to the Expression of Interest, EOI, request was opened publicly and minutes of the opening exercise was duly documented. During the EOI opening exercise, NCAA got commendation from one of the Civil Society Organisations, CSOs, approved by BPP who were invited for the opening exercise.

(iv) The evaluation of the expression of interests was held on May 31, 2013 during which First Bank Plc, Union Bank Plc and Stanbic IBTC emerged most responsive. On the June 10, 2013 the above three banks were invited to submit Financial Proposals. Thereafter, First Bank emerged the highest rated responsive bidder.

(v)Between June 20 and 25, 2013, invoices were received from various accredited motor vehicle dealers during which only Coscharis Motors Limited quoted for BMW Security Vehicles.

Tenders Board

(vi) On June 28, 2013, NCAA Parastatal Tenders Board approved the selection of First Bank Ltd for the Lease Financing as well as Metropolitan Motor Vehicles and Coscharis for the supply of the vehicles. All necessary approvals were duly sought and obtained accordingly.

(vii) Between July 8, 2013 to August, 12, 2013 various meetings were held with First Bank Ltd, contract agreement was signed and necessary documentation executed.

Your Excellency is respectfully invited to note:

(i) The crucial statutory role of the NCAA in regulating civil aviation operations in the country, including safety, security and strict compliance with ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) and Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations (NCARs).

(ii) The need for NCAA to be fully equipped with highly specialized tools and facilities (including operational vehicles) to enable the effective implementation of its statutory functions.

(iii) The procurement of specialized operational vehicles is duly provided for in the NCAA 2p 13 (IGR) Budget and the need for adopting instalmental lease payments over36rionths.

(iii) That Due Process was followed in the procurement of the said operational vehicles.

Please your Excellency my continued loyally and esteemed regards.

Princess Stella Adaeze Oduah, OON, Honourable Minister.”

17 Comments

  • Her (stella) buying that kind of tanks,is nothing but an indication that she is not a trustworthy one.Anyone who is looking for security knows that he/she deeds evil and is afraid of further consequencies.What she did now indicates that there is an evil doing on ground.It will be difficult to understand what i am saying,not until you can reason deeply.thank you…Yuppie…

  • Good explanation,now let NASS probe committee & FG invite all the names mentioned & do their own findinds & made the report open for all Nigerians to see,so that the so call opposition & her detractors will know the truth & will stop assuming or misleading the public.

  • Anyone who believes the jargons she has written is probably deluded. The purchase of the cars was scam carried out to enrich the minister and her cohorts. Its obvious that she a common thief like many other political office holders.she shud be sacked!

  • Anyone who believes the jargons she has written is probably deluded. The purchase of the cars was scam carried out to enrich the minister and her cohorts.This further highlights the massive scam she call refurblishment of the airports in Nigeria. Its obvious that she a common thief like many other political office holders.she shud be sacked!

  • Lier, madam u are a big lier. Am sure d president n d rest will be so daft to believe all wht she said. Nevertheless, in ur story, the one u bought is never approved. Either approved or not, madam U ARE HEARTLESS.

  • This report is all lies and fabrication jus to cover up the scandal! I work with FCDA in abuja and close to the “ogas at the top” I can reveal that the way government officials loot money in nigeria is scary! They draft all sorts of memo to cover up billions of naira that they divert into personal accounts,they threaten contractors to part with huge amounts or else their contracts will be revoked, its terrible! That’s y som civil servants own almost all the lands and som r even richer than dangote and co! To even think this kind of looting has been going on for decades! I don’t blame stella oduah at all,if you dig deep u wil discover it is bcos she may have refused to share the loot with som powers within NCAA that’s y they set her up. Only Divine intervention can save nigeria period!

  • Explanation not genuine so for that rejected. Ĥ♥̸̨w̶̲̥̅̊ could the agency have purchased an armour car just because of dignitarie,those dignitaries are they president of another country because if they are not i think mobile policemen can be called to provide security this is just a liar to cover up the existing lies Mr president Nigerians are watching

  • Lier, madam u are a big lier. Am sure d president n d rest will be so daft to believe all wht she said. Nevertheless,it not worth buyin. in ur story, the one u bought is never approved. Either approved or not, madam U ARE HEARTLESS. If such money is used to maintain most of d Airlines, am sure air crash will reduce or not happen @ all

  • At this time when millions of students are at home and lecturers don’t know what the outcome can be. This is a country where so many states could not pay minimum wage. Well God is watching. He knows where to wait for them. Only that majority of these leaders are adamant of the wrath of the Almighty.

  • Please allow our minister she has done well in the aviation sector more than her predesasors ” a very moral and competant lady ” Nigerians we should be careful with our statements ” we should allow probe team to go on with there work Habaaaa!

  • Anyone who believes the jargons she has written is probably deluded. The purchase of the cars was scam carried out to enrich the minister and her cohorts.This further highlights the massive scam she calls refurblishment of the airports in Nigeria. Its obvious that she a common thief like many other political office holders.she shud be sacked!

  • Good explanation. Due process followed. All points seem covered. Are these Bulletproof cars meant to also deter stowaway boys like the one we heard of in Benin Airport and the other ones? Could the money be also used to install Radar equipment in our 22 National Airports? Could this money also be used to install scanning equipment in some of these Airports? Most of our Airports don’t have working A/Cs in there Departure and Arrival Halls. What about using this fund for that? We struggle to get seats in our Departure and Arrival Halls. What about putting more seats there? Afterall, these IGRs are gotten from the huge taxes and levies paid by passengers. Sometimes, actual air fares are less than taxes and levies paid by passengers. Talking about need-driven decisions: how many times have we heard of NCAA officials or guests being under security threats or being short at by gunmen, to warrant bulletproof cars, as compared to the issues that are raised here above. Due Process followed, as they want us to believe, but it was a wrong management decision that may have other motives. I submit. Thanks.

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