TEXT OF PRESS CONFERENCE BY THE DIRECTOR GENERAL, NCAA, CAPT. FOLA AKINKUOTU ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18TH, 2013
Gentlemen of the Press, I wish to very warmly welcome you to this Press Conference to throw more light on emerging media reports on the circumstances surrounding the procurement of Two BMW 760 Li Armoured Series cars for the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).
The cars are operational vehicles used in the varied operations of the NCAA. Transporting the Minister and aviation-related foreign dignitaries is part of this operation.
First and foremost, we make haste to state that Aviation is a global industry and the NCAA, the Regulator of the industry in Nigeria very often plays host to Dignitaries from international Civil Aviation bodies like ICAO, IATA, US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), African Airlines Association (AFRAA), African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC), The Bangjul Accord Group (BAG), Civil Air Navigation Service Organisations (CANSO), Airport Council International (ACI), amongst several others.
It is internationally customary to convey our Minister and these visiting foreign dignitaries in security vehicles whenever they are in Nigeria. It must be noted that during such Visitations, the security of Members of the Delegations is the sole responsibility of the host country.
The vehicles are therefore in the Pool of the NCAA for these special assignments and are available at NCAA office and can be shown to you. Perhaps, it is also pertinent to disclose that this is not the first time the Agency has procured high security vehicles for the aforementioned purposes. In any case, all necessary procurement and due process was followed.
The NCAA remains focused on enforcing standards and promoting safety in line with ICAO and Nigerian Civil aviation Regulations (NCARs) and continues to perform its critical functions and the appropriate resources required for discharging these functions exist within and under the control of the NCAA.
We are however shocked to note that online media platforms (paparazzi) are now the sources of information for some mainstream media. We assure you that the NCAA is available and will continue to be available to give clarification and further information whenever required.