By Confidente Reporter
AS the shenanigans at the Namibia Airports Company (NAC) reach fever pitch, the parastatal’s management has yet again awarded an over N$20 million three-year contract to IBB Military Equipment and Accessories Supplies for the maintenance of airport scanners it supplied NAC last year.
The installed scanners that have failed to meet international standards since they do not detect metal that is less than 300 grams were last year installed at NAC’s major airports across the country by IBB Military Equipment and Accessories Supplies.
NAC paid N$48 million for the scanners.
The agreement was signed on March 31 2016.
According to a copy of the agreement in Confidente’s possession, NAC will pay US$360 000 (N$5.6 million) the first year which is subject to a 20 percent increment annually for three years to IBB in two instalments at the beginning of every six months in respect of maintenance of the scanners.
The money for the maintenance does not include sales taxes and spare parts.“Irrespective of the date of the date of signature, this agreement shall be valid from 1st of April 2016 to 31 March 2019 and will be renewed automatically in light of IBB’s expertise on account of them having manufactured the scanners,” the agreement reads in part.
Sources within NAC questioned why the initial agreement, NAC entered into with IBB when it purchased the 20 scanners last year did not include a maintenance/service warranty.
“These are the same scanners they spent nearly N$50 million on and now they have just signed an agreement to pay that same US company more money for maintenance,” sources said.
NAC’s board chairperson, Ndeuhala Katonyala, Tuesday said she could not comment on the matter as she did not have information about it.
NAC management wasn’t keen on commenting on the matter.
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