Aviation Ministry Clears Air On Nigeria Air [Updated]
The Ministry of Aviation, through the Ministry of Transportation, has made clarifications on the discrepancies surrounding the national carrier “Nigeria Air” which was recently unveiled.
The Aviation Ministry was responding to an FoI request by Dr. George Uboh, the chairman of George Uboh Whistleblowers Network [GUWN].
In the 3-page facts response, the Director II, Planning Research and Statistics, Mr. Stephen Okon, on behalf of the Honourable Minister of State for Aviation, Mr. Hadi Sirika exponded on the $300 million paid by the federal government in the transaction.
He reiterated that 5% stake in Nigeria Air worth $300 million is for the federal government but that no money has so far been paid or received by the affected parties.
He clarified further that the $300 million worth stake is as yet a mere proposal and that it will span into three years – 2018 to 2020.
See the 3-page response attached:
See attached the FoI request from the George Uboh Whistleblowers Network [GUWN], dated July 27, 2018 that generated the response from the Aviation Ministry:
The Honorable Minister of State
Federal Ministry of Aviation
Phase 1, Federal Secretariat
Attn: Senator Hadi Siriki
Request to Furnish Information on “Nigeria Air” Pursuant to the Fiscal Responsibility Act, 2007 and the Freedom of Information Act, 2011 within Seven (7) Days
We are a Non-Governmental Organization hence part of the Civil Society in Nigeria.
We are gravely concerned, pursuant to the Fiscal Responsibility Act, 2007 that the current “Nigeria Air” deal is controversial enough for us to wade in between the public and the government (the bedrock of civil society), particularly when the public is of the opinion that Nigeria paid $300 million for 5% stake.
And the Minister of State Aviation, as reported in July 25, 2018, dailies, has come out to join issues in denying such report.
Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act (FoIA), 2011, we request all information, agreements, contracts, payments made or received etc. on “Nigeria Air” within Seven (7) days from the Federal Ministry of Aviation. We remain,
Yours in anti-corruption and whistleblowing services,
Dr. George Uboh