Jonathan swears in Chidoka as Aviation Minister
‘I won’t tamper with Aviation master plan’
President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday swore in two ministers and deployed the former Corp Marshall of the Federal Road Safety Corp, Osita Chidoka (Anambra) as the new Minister of Aviation.
Abubakar Suleiman (Kwara) became the Minister of National Planning and Deputy Chairman of the National Planning Commission (NPC).
One of the former Deputy Corp Marshalls, Boboye Oyeyemi, was named the new FRSC Corp Marshall. President Jonathan urged the ministers to bring their wealth of experiences to impact positively on their new assignments.
He said: “We expect that as you join the team at this time, this is an injury time, like in a soccer match, when you are brought in at that time you are expected to score goals or to give very solid defence.
“So, Nigerians are expecting much from you… The issues facing us – of course, most of African countries – is the issue of governance.
“We expect you to bring to bear your wealth of experience so that wherever you are deployed, you will make impact.”
On the new FRSC chief, the President said: “We are appointing Deputy Corp Marshall Oyeyemi as the Corp Marshall. We will expect that you will do a very good job there.
“I believe you will work with your colleagues and make sure that you don’t just maintain what Osita (Chidoka) has done but that you will also improve on that.”
Chidoka promised yesterday not to start anything different from the existing Aviation master plan.
Few hours after his appointment by President Goodluck Jonathan, the new minister met with workers of the Aviation Ministry. He urged them to deliver quality service to Nigerians.
Chidoka, who spoke at the SGF Conference Hall in Abuja, wore a Southeast (Igbo) attire comprising an embroidered grey caphtan over a white round neck shirt and a red cap.
The Supervising Minister in the ministry, Dr. Samuel Ortom, was absent at the ceremony. This pushed the handover ceremony till today.
Chidoka hailed his predecessor, Ms Stella Oduah, for transforming the aviation industry.
He said: “I want us to deliver service to Nigerians. We sometimes forget that the ultimate measure of our work is delivering to the people.
“We sometimes forget that we are here because of people and we bring in our own issues. So, I believe that in the next few weeks, I will get presentations from everybody and get ideas on different areas. We will then create a straight line that we will work with. I beg all of you to feel free to say your minds because I know most civil servants will say, ‘Let’s study his body language’. But I am urging all of you to feel free.”
Chidoka promised to build on the existing master plan.
“We are not going to do anything different, but we will build on what already exists, in line with the Aviation master plan. We will measure where we are and take further step from there. I hope we will have a fruitful working experience and, most importantly, deliver service to Nigerians.”
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