By Patience Nyangove
THE Namibia Airports Company has bypassed tender procedures to award a N$156 million contract for the supply of a security system and check-in counters for Eros and the Hosea Kutako International airports, to a company which made headlines after it won a tender for airport scanners that do not detect metal and explosives, Confidente can reveal.
Confidente can also reveal that the Minister of Public Enterprises, Leon Jooste has since launched an investigation into how the NAC management together with the parastatal’s board in May applied and granted itself permission to award the N$156 million tender exemption to IBB Military Equipment and Accessories Supplies without seeking ministerial approval first.
The NAC board’s term of office is coming to an end on July 31.
NAC purchased 21 check-in counters at a cost of 2 750 600 euros which translates to N$46 750 000, 125 terminal seats at 432 015 euros that is nearly N$7.5 million, 81 CCTV cameras and three control rooms for 340 000 euros- N$5 780 000, communication system for counters 2 250 000 euros- N$38 million, conveyor belts 1 400 000 euros-N$23 800 000, safety equipment N$8 330 000 and the cost of supervision for foreign and local labour is listed as 1 197 895 euros-N$20 364 000.
According to documents at hand, prepared by the parastatal’s Strategic Executive Projects, IT and Engineering, Courage Silombela the NAC management had decided to handpick IBB because it is the largest supplier of security equipment to the Namibian army and police force.
“The criteria for recommending the best suited supplier was based on a vetted supplier, who will provide a completed integrated system to meet all the needs. IBB has been identified as the suitable local representative of the products, as they are the largest suppliers of all security equipment to the Namibian Army and Police Force. Based on their reputation it is recommendable that their services be sort, to prevent any security breaches at our airports. IBB will be the main representative of DSGLINQ, SITA and Namibia Synthetic lubricants and Engineering.”
Silombela also revealed that NAC was upgrading its terminal buildings due to the introduction of Qatar Airways which will start flying to HKIA from September this year.
“The upgrading project has come to its realisation due to the introduction of a new world class airline, Qatar Airways, the five star airline which has won a number of wards (sic). They will be starting operations at HKIA in September 2016 and NAC as the airport operator will have to measure up to the airline’s expectations.
“It can be concluded and recommended from the foregoing discussion that board exempts this tender from going public and that IBB be preferred service provider and be appointed to coordinate and facilitate the integrated systems and upgrading of check-in counters with systems that are at a cost of 9 183 860 euros (N$156 million),” Silombela wrote. long overdue at our strategic airports
Confidente has also in its possession an extract of a NAC board meeting held on June 23 where the board approved the tender exemption.
“…It was resolved that the request for approval for the exemption to appoint IBB Military Equipment and Accessories as an experienced and reputable supplier of security systems, check in counters and CUTE system, for the upgrading of the Eros and HKIA terminal buildings, on the basis of being the best preferred service provider has been approved,” the minutes signed by Elise Shaanika, NAC’s Company Secretary on June 30 read.
Minister Jooste, Tuesday while confirming his office is investigating the NAC board over the matter declined to comment further saying it was a sensitive issue.
“It’s a bit complicated for me to comment on this as we are still investigating. It’s a bit sensitive to comment at the moment,” he said.
Chairperson of the NAC board, Ndeuhala Katonyala confirmed the tender exemption. When asked why NAC could not obtain quotations from other vetted companies she said the parastatal was pressed for time as it has to beat the September deadline for Qatar Airways.
“Our policy allows that (tender exemption).This is an approved decision. We are pressed for time and Qatar put its needs in black and white and we have to meet them. With this deal the fortunes of NAC are going to change because Qatar Airways will pay us for using our airports. For the first time we are going to have weekly between four to five direct flights to Doha from Windhoek. The board would not have signed off this deal if we knew it was not going to pay off,” she said.
“Namibia Airports resorts under the Ministry of SOEs. They are independent from us and we expect them to be accountable to that Ministry,” said Willem Goeiemann, Permanent Secretary of Works and Transport Ministry.
Last year IBB Military Services and Accessories was in the media after it installed scanners at all the country’s airports that failed to meet international standards as they cannot detect any metal objects that is less than 300 grams.
NAC bought about 20 scanners at a cost of N$48 million.
The explosives detective system (EDS) enables airport authorities to guard against passengers boarding planes or landing with explosives and any dangerous objects.
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