N255m Cars, Amaechi’s Plane:Oduah Is ‘Double-Faced, Speaking With Two Mouths’,Says ANEEJ



Minister-Of-Aviation-Mrs  Stella OduahBenin- based civil society organisation, Africa for Environment and Economic Justice (ANEEJ) has condemned Minister of Aviation ,Mrs Stella Oduah for compelling the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, to purchase two BMW cars N255 million for her.ANEEJ also chided Oduah for singing different tunes over the recent Amaechi plane saga and the unfolding N225m cars scandal.
ANEEJ in statement said “The story went viral on the internet for days before the Ministry of Aviation confirmed to a national newspaper recently that the cars had been bought for the minister because her life is under real and imminent threat. The newspaper quoted Mr. Joe Obi, Special Assistant on Media to the Minister, as saying that the two armored BMW cars were to protect his from “imminent threats.”
This saga “ presents the Minister as Janus, the Italian god of wine..double-faced, speaking with two mouths. The Minister of Aviation at the public hearing organized by the National Assembly over the controversial grounding of the Rivers State Aircraft, had told the prying assemblymen that she does not control the operations of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, the same agency where she collected N255m to purchase two cars for her personal security without such amount being appropriated in the 2013 budget of the Ministry of Aviation for that purpose.” ANEEJ Executive Director , Rev. David Ugolor has said.
“We are shocked at the level of provocative extravagance of Mrs. Stella Oduah who described the two major air crashes that have occurred under her watchful eyes recently as “inevitable acts of God.” We deplore a situation where energy and resources that ought to have been used to secure Nigeria airspace, as being canvassed by all stakeholders is being unwittingly deployed for self service and preservation by the minister.
“Nigerians are obviously worried over an emerging trend where serving Federal Ministers financially strangulate and unduly interfere in the smooth operations and efficient running of agencies under their . This scenario is also playing out between the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the Ministry of Petroleum resources without necessary checks by the or the assembly . It is detestable that keeps shielding these officials as sacred cows corruption flourishes under their nose.
“Now that the wind has blown open and the rot in the aviation sector exposed, we call on the and the National Assembly statutorily charged with oversight duties to swing into action and bring all those involved in the car scandal to justice.” Ugolor demanded..
” We need to know what has become of the due process office in our country, if procurement of such an alarming level would have been authorized by an agent of ,” adds Innocent Edemanrhia, ANEEJ policy Officer.
“It is reprehensible that at a time university teachers are on strike for over a semester over poor funding of the Nigerian public universities, and the same government tells them that it has no money, is where one minister will spend a whooping N255m in the purchase of only two cars! It is shameful that this is happening in a country where unemployment and poverty is plaguing over 60 cent of its population?” Edemanrhia asserts.
calling for the immediate resignation or sacking of the aviation minister, ANEEJ Policy Officer also called for a thorough probe of the sleaze in the aviation sector with a view to bringing all those involved to book.

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