by Paul Osas
Leadership of Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has declined to release the purchase documents of the two controversial bullet proof cars they bought for the aviation minister despite the Freedom of Informaton request sent to them by two non-governmental organisations (NGOs) seeking access to them.
The NGOs, Media Rights Agenda (MRA) and the Public and Private Development Centre (PPDC) under the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act, 2011 wrote to NCAA’s Director-General, Mr. Folayele Akinkuotuare on October 21 demanding procurement records for the two BMW 760 LiHSS vehicles.
The documents requested for are: evidence of budgetary allocation for the procurement process; evidence of advertisements of the planned purchase in various newspapers, the NCAA website, the Procurement Journal, international publications, among others, inviting prospective bidders to submit bids for the procurement the procurement plan for the purchase; ; and a list of all bids tendered for the procurement from when it was advertised till the close of the bid;
NCAA in its response on November 11 through its Legal Adviser, Mr. E.D. Chukwuma, said: “Some of the information you have requested for exist.” The organisation however declined to release them because according to Chukwuma, exemptions in sections 12 and 26 of the FOI Act are applicable to the request.