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NCAA proposed N140 million for the two cars although National Assembly blocked the spending.
At a combative House of Representatives hearing Thursday, lawmakers, and officials of the Bureau of Public Procurement, BPP, shredded claims advanced by aviations agencies and the minister to escape criminal prosecution with respect to the car procurement scandal rocking the aviation ministry. Minister for Aviation, Ms. Stella Oduah, compelled the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, against due process principles, and outside budgetary approvals, to procure two armoured plated BMW cars for her at a cost of N255 million, four times the market price.
In a rare act of prompt response to instances of grand corruption in his administration, president Goodluck Jonathan, prior to an official trip to Israel, fired a query at the minister, a close ally who ran his last campaign, and empanelled a three-man committee to look into the matter.
Rushing a response to the presidents’ query and heading off to Israel, presumably as part of the presidential official entourage, Mrs. Oduah, who studied accounting and business studies, claimed the purchases were in tune with the procurement law of the land, and that they were duly appropriated in the 2013 budget. read more: http://bit.ly/1fAWWF1
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