The Agency for the Safety of Air Navigation in Africa and Madagascar (ASECNA) is again wet in a hijacking case.
This time, a hole of 364 million FCFA was discovered, including 150 million at the Regional School of Air Navigation and Management (ERNAM).
According to the Senegalese daily Libération which gives the information, “these funds were diverted between January 2016 and June 2017, on the basis of false invoices”.
Indeed, according to the newspaper, an audit mission of the Directorate of Financial Resources has discovered the irregularities. Asecna’s senior management has lodged two complaints with the public prosecutor’s office, the same source said.
A new case that adds to the many scandals within the agency in recent years.
Recently, in June 2018, the news site DakarTimes reported that a young executive of the Agency had been pinned for a misappropriation of 300 million FCFA. The same source indicated that this amount represented the FIR (Flight Information Region) charge.
In September 2013, the pan-African agency was cited in a history of corruption, when it issued a check on behalf of Oumar Gueye, any new Minister of Air Transport as a “welcome” a few days after taking office. A case of tax fraud that would involve a hundred agents of the box.
A month later (October 2013), the press also reported that the international public structure, of an industrial and commercial nature, had made a tax acrobatics that caused the Treasury to lose billions of dollars.
According to the daily La Tribune, “it was a scam by which the tax exemption was granted to more than 200 agents of Senegalese nationality by pretending to be expatriates”.
Asecna is the oldest African and Malagasy institution of cooperation and integration, with 18 member states.
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