By Ayobami Olopade
The latter part of 2013 was tough for Nigeria’s minister of aviation, Stella Oduah.
Despite the challenges she faces, Oduah has decided that if no one is going to celebrate her, she would do it just fine by herself and declare her “good works” in the industry.
The minister said on Thursday that prior to her appointment in July 2011, Nigeria’s aviation industry was miles behind its counterparts across the world due to massive infrastructural decay. But thanks to her efforts, that situation has been corrected.
Represented by the Managing Director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, Mr. George Uriesi at the graduation of the first Standard Pilot Course one of the International Aviation College, Ilorin, Oduah revealed that the country’s aviation sector had an obsolete National Aviation Policy and major security equipments in the airports were either dilapidated or beyond repair. The minister also said that the airport terminals, control towers and runaways suffered from extensive decay and poor management and that governance structures in agencies and parastatals and acute personnel shortage used to be the bane of the industry before her coming.
However, she says that her administration has eliminated all of them.
Oduah also used the occasion to commend the efforts of the Federal Government in investing huge sums of money in the aviation sector to tackle the infrastructural decay in all the airports in the country.