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Reps accuse NCAA of hiding IGR, threaten to ensure MD’s removal from office

The House of Representatives has accused the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) of hiding billions of dollars of internally generated revenue (IGR), depriving the nation of its financial responsibility.

The House Committee on Finance threatened to remove the managing director and other top officials from the authority to allow for more transparent leaders.

Rep. James Faleke (APC-Lagos) said this at the resumed interactive session with revenue-generating agencies in Abuja on Friday.

He said the NCAA was hiding revenue generated, which was why it refused to give the committee the requested data on the number of passengers that flew airlines.

He, however, promised that the committee would get the money no matter how hard the NCAA tried to hide it.

“You people have always reported a negative balance. I have done so much research this year on the NCAA, which is why I have so much information,” said Mr Faleke

He added, “If we further compel you to provide such information, somebody else will occupy that office.”

The committee unanimously agreed that if the NCAA returned and could not produce the requested document on or before December 14, it would affect their seat.

The committee said it was empowered by law to scrutinise the NCAA’s document and must be tendered on request, adding that anything such as presenting the document would be a waste of time.

The committee said the abandoned recklessness in the nation’s domestic airlines was unprecedented.

Mr Faleke demanded comprehensive details on how the NCAA arrived at the data of passengers flying month by month and which airline carried the passengers submitted before it.

He urged the Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NiMET) to produce its reconciliation of the revenue shared by the NCAA, adding that it was not enough for the latter to give it just N2 billion without proper reconciliation.

Mr Faleke, however, asked the NCAA to produce “the total number of passengers that flew all airlines on a monthly basis, and the airline, and how many passengers they carried.”

Others included which destination and the fare charge, where the five per cent of the money retired was, and which bank account and distribution pattern of that sum and evidence of distribution.

The committee also threatened to issue an arrest warrant for Nigeria Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) if it failed to appear before it on December 4.

In their response to various allegations, the NCAA representatives Ibrahim Dambazau and Abubakar Gachi said the data of passengers being requested was presented earlier and was correct, contrary to the committee’s claim of giving fake data.

He said the data was analysed with the same document presented before the committee.

NIMET, on its part, said it used to do account reconciliation with the NCAA before now, but it had since stopped in 2017 with the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).

From the documents earlier submitted to the committee, the NCAA declared N12.7 billion in revenue from the share of the gross revenue allotted to regulatory agencies in the industry.

The lawmaker, however, said the amount was below the computed gross revenue share received by NCAA worth N66 billion, realised from revenues accrued from local and international travel for 2022.

(NAN)