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Anybody seen Stella?: Former aviation minister fails to handover

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Anybody seen Stella?: Former aviation minister fails to handover

by Segun Odeleye

Whereas the other recently removed ministers have handed over to their successors, it’s not the same in the aviation ministry where Stella Oduah has refused to come in to hand over.

The minister of trade and investment, Samuel Ortom, was announced as the supervising minister of the ministry but Oduah’s attitude is stalling activities at the ministry. Sources say Oduah was not ready for her shock exit.

Thisday newspaper quoted a ministry source who said “You can see how she has been running across the entire nation in the guise of overseeing the remodelling works at the airports. You can see that the entire ministry is like a ‘ghost office’ as visitors who came for one thing or the other left dissatisfied and are not happy over the development.”

According to Thisday:

Only few workers were seen in their duty post working, unlike when the former minister held sway.

While handing over to the new permanent secretary last week Friday, the immediate past Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mr. George Ossi, had to rush the ceremony as arrangement had been made that Oduah would come at 11.30 a.m. to conduct the handing over note to Ortom. That was however not be as Oduah did not show up.

Journalists were therefore made to wait at the former minister’s for more than three hours only to be told later that the handing over ceremony had been postponed because of Oduah’s indisposition.

While text messages had been sent to journalists yesterday that the handing over would be yesterday at 3p.m., at about 3.30p.m. when it was thought that Oduah would soon arrive for the ceremony, the news filtered in that the former minister was indisposed and so the ceremony was cancelled.

Ministry officials who spoke to THISDAY under anonymity said the minister knew what she had done. One of them added: “She cannot come in here to do the handing over ceremony because when she was here, she ran the ministry with her cronies and not the ministry staff. She was doing her transformation herself and not with the civil servants. We were all relegated to the background.”

Attempts to speak to Oduah’s Special Adviser on Media, Mr. Joe Obi, proved abortive as calls to his phone could not go through.

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