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NCAA Spends N150m To Renovate Boardroom

Posted: Sep 30, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Abel Orukpe,


What would be referred to as one of the scandals in the aviation sector has been discovered in the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority ( NCAA), as one of the  Acting Directors General used a whooping sum of N150 million to renovate a boardroom  in the agency.

An Aviation Ministry source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, hinted that the director, whose name he did not disclosed, spent N150 million on a ‘mere’ boardroom, an amount according to him, was more than enough to give the regulatory body a befitting edifice.

The source stated that when he first heard the story, he was perplexed, adding that the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Aviation, Mrs. Binta Bello had been informed about the fraud  that had been perpetrated by this government official.

Daily Independent was also informed by the source that the permanent Secretary had commenced investigation on the matter and other fraudulent activities that had been carried out in the last three years in the agency.

The fraud, the source further stated, was alarming, as it was done with impunity, adding that when the incumbent Director General of NCAA, Capt. Muhtar took over the mantle of leadership at NCAA, he never wanted to approve the money for the contractor that handled the project but that he later bowed to pressure both from within and outside the agency.

This fraud, Daily Independent learnt, was carried out before the present DG came on board at NCAA.

In the same vein, the source disclosed that a portakabin, that was to be used as office, which was  initially taken to Abuja Airport from Lagos, was allegedly returned to Lagos at N12 million with official approval from a former Acting Director-General.

The source alleged that while taking the portakabin to Lagos, it damaged and that the present DG, Capt. Usman refused to sign the N12 million demanded by the contractor.

According to the Aviation Ministry source, Usman was said to have told the surprised contractor that the contract for the provision of the portakabin was inflated and that it would cost the agency far lesser than what the contractor wanted him to sign.

The source also alleged that N10 million was equally approved for the purchase of 150 units of office chairs by the former management between 2013 and 2014, adding that both the ministry and some staff in the agency were still trying to come to terms with the rate at which contracts were being inflated in the agency.

To put an end to what the source described as endless stealing, the present DG suspended acceptance of Industrial Trainees (ITs), which were usually attached to the agency, alleging that some staff were capitalizing on them to defraud the agency.

“The intake of ITs was stopped by Usman immediately he resumed in office about a year ago because it was discovered that we have several ghost IT students in the system who have finished their programme, but some people in the system were still using their names to draw out money from the agency,” the source alleged.

The Aviation Ministry Source continued, “This money ran into several millions of naira monthly, which could have collapsed NCAA if it was not suspended. Those still doing IT with us now are those who have been in the system before he resumed. On resumption also, Usman stopped illegitimate drawings from the Duty-Tour-Allowance, (DTA), and now allowed for only mandatory inspectors to embark on trips or inspection outside the country. All these have helped the system to stabilise.”

The Acting General Manager, Public Affairs, NCAA, Mr. Sam Adurogobye, could not be reached for NCAA’s official reaction.