by Segun Odeleye
So far, Pres. Jonathan is standing firmly by the side of Stella Oduah, his minister of aviation, who despite substantial evidence against her in the controversy involving the purchase of two bullet proof cars for her by the NCAA, has insisted that she will not resign. The president has so far kept mute and refused to take action against the minister or give reasons why he would not.
On Saturday, the minister said that the House of Representatives committee which investigated the N255 million purchase of two bullet proof cars never recommended her for resignation or request President Goodluck Jonathan to sack her.
While inspecting the remodelled Murtala Mohammed International Airport, MMIA, Lagos, Oduah poured unbridled anger on a journalist who had asked her about the committee’s recommendation on her sack.
According to her, the committee only recommended that the Presidency should review some of the things in the sector.
She said, “I think it means you don’t read or you probably don’t understand English, because I read it too. What was there was that Mr. President can and should review the report. That was what they said there. Probably, you should go back to school.”
Oduah said the remodelled airport would be commissioned before the end of first quarter of 2014, adding that other airports across the country would equally be completed and open for use before the second quarter of 2014.
“We want to start the use of these facilities by the end of the first quarter. What is very key is that passengers travel experience will be very different, which means you have the comfort, the safety, security and most importantly, you increase the capacity, which means you have ample space to do what you are supposed to do.
“Nigerians should expect the airport that was promised them, aviation that would be catalyst to the nation’s growth, aviation that has been repositioned and most importantly, an aviation that will create jobs and skills for Nigeria aviation experts. “Ours is to maximise the capacities that have not been maximised all these years.”