by Segun Odeleye
The chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Aviation, Lady Nkiruka Onyejeocha, says it is unfair to call for the sack of aviation minister Stella Oduah or to ask that she resigns.
Oduah is in the eyes of the storm following the purchase of two BMW cars on her behalf by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) for N255 million. Onyejeocha is in charge of the house committee which is probing that transaction.
Speaking to reporters in Abuja, Onyejeocha said, “For me, she is entitled to fair hearing and of course, you have to get to the bridge before you cross it. It is too early to call for somebody’s resignation because one of the questions we asked was: have they bought the cars; was it appropriated for under any Nigerian law? When that investigation is concluded, then we know who should be asked to resign. So for me, it is too early to just begin to say so.”
Onyejeocha who represents Isuikwuato/Umunneochi federal constituency of Abia state disclosed that Oduah who was unavoidably absent due to an official engagement in Israel would be appearing before her committee on Wednesday this week to state her own side of the story on the controversial deal.
Meanwhile, activities at the Akanu-Ibiam International Airport, Enugu were temporarily halted yesterday as several Igbo youths under the aegis of Igbo Progressives Union (IPU) embarked on a peaceful protest against calls for the sack of the Aviation Minister, Stella Oduah.
Also, kinsmen of the embattled minister, led by High Chief George Nwabueze, stood in defence of their daughter, exonerating her of any wrongdoing.
The placard-carrying youths accused an unnamed member of the society of being behind the calls, insisting that the intention is to stop the minister from going ahead with her transformation agenda in the aviation sector.