by Segun Odeleye
It was a pointer to what Stella Oduah, the former minister of aviation, thinks about Nigerian journalists, that when she finally decided to hand over to the supervisory minister in charge of the ministry, Dr. Samuel Ortom, on Tuesday, none was invited to cover it.
The handing over took place on Tuesday after four postponements by Oduah. The four previous times, journalists were invited but Oduah did not show.
After the handing over, her Special Assistant on Media, Mr. Joe Obi, released a statement saying that the former minister commended President Goodluck Jonathan, workers and stakeholders in the aviation sector for the opportunity given to her to serve the country.
She was quoted as saying, “During my tenure, we gave our best to institute reforms in line with Mr. President’s transformation agenda. We produced the aviation sector master plan and implementation road map. Using the plan, we were able to reconstruct and remodel all 22 federally-owned airports across the country. We also commenced the construction of five new international terminals in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Enugu and Kano.
“We also introduced the perishable cargo and Aerotropolis concepts to drive the growth and development of not only the aviation sector, but also the Nigerian economy.”
Oduah, alongside three other ministers were dropped from the federal cabinet last week by president Jonathan. The others include the ministers of Niger Delta Affairs, Mr. Godsday Orubebe; Police Affairs, Navy Cpt. Caleb Olubolade; and the Minister of State for Finance, Dr. Yerima Ngama.
Oduah had a stormy experience with the media especially after the news surfaced of the purchase of two bulletproof BMW cars for N255m on her behalf by a parastatal under the ministry, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority.