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Stakeholder wants EFCC to beam searchlight on all aviation agencies

A stakeholder in the aviation sub-sector, Comrade Abdulrasaq Saidu has called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to extend its investigations to all other agencies in the aviation sector when it is done with Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA).

Saidu, who is the civil society representatives in the Federal medium term sector strategy on Federal government intervention projects MTSS, while making this known explained that between 2006 and 2013 that he has monitored spending in the aviation.

Comrade Saidu said the EFCC officials who raided NAMA last Friday acted on tip off following petitions from some quarters over alleged corruption.

Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos
Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos

“If you must fight corruption in the aviation, it must be all inclusive. So many have embezzled money and went free with it”

He noted that past management of NAMA started the TRACON project and must not be let off the hook as they have case to answer adding that the present management was only implement.

He called on the EFCC to investigate why and how the former Nigeria Airways was liquidated, how much it was sold and who went away with the money realized from its sale.

Saidu urged the EFCC to move into the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) in order to look into the funds from the Bilateral Air Services Agreement BASA.

He queried how much the regulatory body, NCAA realised from MTN over mast installation as part of its internally generated revenue and failed to send its workers on trainings adding that EFCC must look into their records.

“Over expansion of Directorates in the agencies through ministerial fiat must be reduced as they did not add value to the operations and profitability of the organisations must be reduced. The expenses in the top management cadre must be reviewed on order to avoid wastages in the system,”

He noted that the level of corruption was too high in the aviation industry and there was need to beam search light on the agencies

He urged EFCC to look into contract awarded in the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria FAAN, where contracts were awarded without execution adding that it amounted to sabotage. EFCC should look into the internally generated revenues on all the agencies.

Saidu said the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology Zaria will not be left out as the school must also be visited by EFCC operatives. “Any organisation that does not train its workforce has failed and any organisation claiming to have trained and did not train is postponing the evil days”

He said foreigners have taken over the jobs that Nigerians ought to have been doing as a result of corruption in the system.

He want the present minister of finance and the Director budgeting to resuscitate MTSS policy that will eradicate the over invoicing, over pricing and, diversion of funds in the nineteen ministry.

Also speaking Alhaji Abdulyekeen Umar of aviation safety publisher said all the agencies must be probed especially Nigeria Meteorological Agency NiMET.

He said NAMAs invasion was just the beginning and head of agency in the aviation sector must be probed.

According to Abdulyekeen all money must stole must be returned by those who stole from the government coffers and must be made to paid interest on the money.

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