by Ayobami Olopade
Those expecting a formal statement from the Minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah, on the certificate forgery scandal she has found herself in are apparently waiting in vain as the aviation minister will not respond to the allegations.
This declaration was made on Wednesday by Mr. Yakubu Dati, a spokesman for aviation parastatals who also speaks for the minister. Dati informed the BBC Hausa radio that they have decided not to respond to the accusations against Stella Oduah and he did give reasons for the decision.
News went viral on Monday after online portal, Sahara Reporters quoted authorities at St. Paul’s College, where Princess Oduah claimed she studied for Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Business Administration, as saying they did not award an MBA at any time as the university does not even have a graduate school or programme, thus prompting accusations that she listed in her resume an academic qualification that she might not have obtained.
Since the revelation, no official statement has been made by the minister or her aides and attempts to get their reactions have been rebuffed.
News outlet, Premium Times revealed on Tuesday that it observed an attempt by the minister’s aides to revise her profiles on the web to clean up any reference to St. Paul’s College in her bios.
This is coming just months after the minister was enmeshed in another scandal involving purchase of two bulletproof cars for N255 million which caused the House of Representatives to demand for her sack. She also informed Daily Trust over a week ago that the armoured cars were leased and not purchased.