Wednesday, October 30, 2013
SHOCKING: Another aviation agency, FAAN, admits buying 4 armoured cars for Stella Oduah, MD
Wednesday said the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN)
purchased two armoured vehicles for Aviation minister, Stella Oduah
and another two for its Managing Director, George Uriesi.
Mr. Uzodinma spoke to newsmen on the sidelines of the investigation
into the purchase of two armoured vehicles by the Nigerian Civil
Aviation Authority (NCAA) for Aviation Minister Oduah.
He said that FAAN Managing Director, Mr. Uriesi, told the committee on
oath that his agency purchased 202 operational cars and two
bullet-proofs cars for the office of the managing director.
"Uriesi did confirm that among the operational vehicles they
purchased, four of them are armoured vehicles, two for the managing
director and two for the minister.
"We told them to go back and put everything in writing and make
comprehensive statements on all vehicles purchased.
"They bought a total number of 202 vehicles for different operations
so until they come back on Monday we cannot rush into conclusion.
"The managing director of FAAN said they did a funding arrangement
with a commercial bank,'' he said.
Senator Uzodinma, who said investigations were still ongoing, promised
that the committee was committed to undertaking a holistic probe to
ensure that all anomalies were corrected to reposition the sector.
He quoted the FAAN managing director as saying that the Ms Oduah gave
approval for the purchase of the armoured vehicles.
The Senate Committee on Aviation had on Oct. 29, queried FAAN over the
purchase of four bullet-proof cars for use by the managing director
Mr. Uriesi told the committee that the vehicles included two Lexus
Limousine cars and two Prado jeeps.
He said that contrary to insinuations, the limousines were purchased
at the cost N60 million each and not N70 million.
Mr. Uriesi, who said that he did not have details of the cost of the
Prado jeeps, however, said the vehicles were still in the custody of
the bankers which funded the purchase.
The committee ordered the managing director to appear before it on
Nov. 4, with comprehensive details of the transaction and the
documents for all the purchases.
This new revelation came to light while a shocked nation is still
investigation the purchase of two armoured cars for the aviation
minister by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority.
The cars were bought for a whooping N255million.