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Sack Oduah now: House of Reps committee on aviation makes 5 recommendations


Sack Oduah now: House of Reps committee on aviation makes 5 recommendations

by Dare Lawal

After its investigation of the #Stellagate incident, in which the aviation minister, Stella Oduah came under fire for the N255 million used by the NCAA in purchasing two cars for her, the House of Representatives committee on Aviation has recommended that Oduah should be sacked.

The committee is to present its report today, and will recommend that President Goodluck Jonathan sacks Oduah, for exceeding the official limit in approving the purchase of the two bulletproof vehicles.

That was one of five recommendations by the committee.

The committee also recommended sanctions for the former acting Director General (DG) of NCAA, Nkemakolam Joyce, and the agency’s Director of Finance, Salawu N. Ozigi – in line with the Civil Service Rules.

It also recommends the immediate termination of a loan agreement of N643, 088,250.00 to finance the purchase of 54 vehicles (including the armoured vehicles) between the NCAA and the First Bank of Nigeria.

Coscharis Motors Limited is to be asked to refund the N255million meant for the bulletproof vehicles.

Besides, the panel will recommend that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) should investigate the company for alleged abuse of waivers.

The committee is expected to table its recommendations before the house today and then the report will then be debated and put to vote before the House takes a stand on the matter, which has generated so much heat in the polity.

The committee recommended to the House to ask “President Goodluck Jonathan to review the continued engagement of Stella Oduah as the Minister of Aviation, having contravened the 2013 Appropriation Act by overshooting her threshold of N100million and for violating the Public Procurement Act.”

The report said: “The committee recommends sanctions for the acting DG of NCAA, Nkemakolam Joyce and the agency’s Director of Finance, Salawu N. Ozigi, in accordance with civil service rules for circumventing the Public Procurement Act.”

On Coscharis Motors Limited, the committee directed that the auto firm should “refund the N255million paid to it for the bulletproof vehicles through a loan agreement with immediate effect”.

“The armoured cars are also to be returned to Coscharis Motors Limited.

“The N643, 088,250.00 loan agreement with the First Bank of Nigeria by the NCAA to finance the purchase of 54 vehicles should also be terminated forthwith because it is not in the interest of the country.

“The EFCC is also advised to further investigate Coscharis Motors Limited for abuse of the waiver process and the discrepancies in the chassis numbers of some of the BMW vehicles.”

However, First Bank Plc was given a clean bill of health in respect of the transactions.

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