N255m bulletproof cars: Panel gets terms of reference•Minister opts to make written submission to panel
•Jonathan gives probe committee terms of reference
•President wants culprits exposed
The Presidential Administrative Panel of Enquiry into the purchase of N255 million armoured cars for the Minister of Aviation, Ms Stella Oduah, has demanded transaction details from the Ministry of Aviation, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and other stakeholders.
President Goodluck Jonathan has also given six terms of reference to the panel, including a mandate to determine whether or not the procurement followed due process.
But Oduah has opted to make a written submission to the panel.
Members of the three-man panel are: a former Head of Service of the Federation, Alhaji Sali Bello (Chairman); the National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd.) and Air Vice Marshal Dick Iruenebere (rtd.)
A source in the panel said the transaction details had been retrieved from the Ministry of Aviation, the NCAA, First Bank of Nigeria Plc and Coscharis Motors Limited.
The source said: “We have asked for all transaction details from the Ministry of Aviation, NCAA, Coscharis, First Bank of Nigeria Plc, Nigerian Customs Service and other stakeholders involved.
“On the basis of the submissions, we will interact with all those who played one role or the other in the purchase of the armoured cars.
“A key issue is the process in acquiring the armoured cars in the light of the existing laws on procurement.”
Responding to a question, the source said: “Well, so far the minister has chosen to make a written submission to the panel. We have got her written memorandum to the panel.
“It is left to the panel to find out if her physical appearance is necessary or not. This will depend on facts from other stakeholders.”
Asked when the panel would submit its report, the source said: “Although the constitution of the panel was announced on October 23, members did not get their letters of appointment until October 28.
“So, if you start counting the two-week mandate, it will expire on Monday, November 11. We hope to conclude our assignment on or before the date.”
Also, a document obtained by our correspondent yesterday revealed that the panel was given six terms of reference by President Jonathan.
The terms are contained in an October 28 letter to the committee members by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Senator Anyim Pius Anyim.
The letter, among others, said: “The terms of reference are to:
• Examine the circumstances surrounding the purchase, particularly whether or not there were budgetary provisions for it.
• Identify all actors in the in the purchase.
• Determine the role of the Minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah, in the purchase.
• Ascertain the cost of the vehicles, its purpose and procurement process.
• Enquire into any other matters incidental to the purchase of the vehicles.
• Make appropriate recommendations in the light of its findings.