Stella Oduah Appears Before House Committee, Maintains Vehicles Are For Dignitaries
BREAKING NEWS! From the horse’s mouth: I did not ask anyone to buy Armoured cars for me—Aviation Minister Stella Oduah
The probe to get to the root of the purchase of the BMW by Minister of Aviation is currently ongoing by the House Committee on Aviation. The Minister, Ms. Stella Oduah
apologized to the committee for her non appearance yesterday, noting that it was not out of disrespect for them. In the first part of the presentation done by Stella, she insists that “NCAA acted within the ambit of law. “Nothing in the stated documents mentioned my name. I did not request for any vehicles. All I did was to approve the purchase, subject to the agency doing the needful. NCAA followed due process as required by law.”
She told the committee that she has been prudent in the management of fund made available to the ministry and has even saved money for the Federal Government as well as future embarrassment. “The Federal ministry of aviation under my watch has always ensured we act in a prudent manner and under the ambit of the law”.
She dismissed reports that NCAA bought the cars for her. “It is not true, cannot be true that NCAA bought bullet proof vehicles for honourable minister of aviation. My understanding is that what NCAA has done is to plan for its vehicle needs for the next three years under the Medium Term Expenditure Framework,” she told the house.
While appreciating her spokesperson who confirmed to the media that the armored cars were truly bought, she faulted his statement, stating that they were “inaccurate”. She described online publications of her forcing NCAA to buy the whooping million naira cars as “false and malicious” tales. They are “False in its entirety”, she noted.
On the issue of First Bank financing the cars and the true cost, she told the committee that the “First Bank facility to NCAA to the tune of N643 million mere understanding not an obligation” and as such is not true on all publications so far.
She berated her enemies for making so much fuse about the cars as their way of undermining her reforms in the aviation sector and give the notion that her efforts are not yielding results. She proudly told the committee and those in attendance that “Nigeria’s airspace is now rate among the safest in the world