NCAA Denies Allegation of N250 Million Vehicle Purchase

Acting Director-General, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Chris Najomo
Acting Director-General, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Chris Najomo google

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has refuted allegations concerning the purchase of a vehicle valued at N250 million by its acting Director-General, Chris Najomo.

During a press briefing held at the NCAA headquarters in Abuja on Monday, the agency, represented by its Director of Public Affairs and Consumer Protection, Michael Achimugu, emphasized that the reported figure was excessive and beyond the authority of the Director-General to approve for himself.

Recent reports had surfaced, accusing Najomo of financial impropriety, violations of government procurement regulations, and misuse of his position shortly after his appointment. It was alleged that the agency procured a 2022 Toyota Land Cruiser (70th Anniversary Edition) worth over N250 million as Najomo's official vehicle.

Responding to these claims, Achimugu stated unequivocally that the allegations were unfounded. He clarified, "I can confirm that since Captain Najomo assumed office, the NCAA has not made any payments towards the acquisition of a vehicle anywhere in the world. Our procurement processes have not been initiated for such a purchase.

Additionally, the reported figure is likely beyond the Director-General's approval limit."

Furthermore, Achimugu highlighted that despite Najomo's tenure, none of the 11 directors overseeing various departments had been provided with official vehicles. He noted, "The acting DG has instructed that none of us will receive our official vehicles at this time."

Achimugu also explained Najomo's efforts in addressing longstanding issues within the organization, such as clearing housing arrears dating back to 2019 and facilitating promotions for deserving staff. He emphasized Najomo's commitment to enhancing employee welfare as a means to ensure smooth operations within the NCAA.

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