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Oduahgate: Okonjo-Iweala Denies Granting Waivers

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The African Examiner

Finance minister and coordinating minister for the economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has denied granting waivers for the importation of the N255m bullet proof cars bought by the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) for the embattled Minister of Aviation, Mrs Stella Oduah.

Nigeria's Finance Minister Okonjo Iweala

Nigeria’s Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

In a statement made available to African Examiner, the minister said it was not true that the ministry of finance granted a waiver for the Coscharis Motors Nigeria Ltd to import the controversial armored cars.

Her words: “Recent media reports which claim that the Federal Ministry of Finance granted a waiver to Coscharis Motors Nigeria Ltd for the purchase of armoured cars are totally false and without foundation.

“Rather, on June 23, 2012, the Lagos State Government applied for Waiver of Destination Inspection Charges and Duty Exemptions for Coscharis Motors Nigeria Ltd, the official Automobile Partner for the National Sports Festival (“EKO 2012”), to purchase 300 vehicles on its behalf for the event. Since the Lagos State Government met the laid down criteria, the waiver was granted.”

She added: “The waiver granted to the Lagos State Government for the event did not include the purchase of armoured vehicles.”

-Sunday Fase

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