Stella Oduah’s NASS Hearing: Blow by Blow Account and why the Cabals are fighting Back
By Ogbuefi Blogs
Read these carefully; Stella Oduah’s NASS Hearing: Blow by Blow Account **Okonjo-Iweala: ”we did not grant waiver for armoured cars”**Stella Oduah: She Overstepped Her Boundary And Nigerian Mafians/Cabals Are Fighting Back
Stella Oduah’s NASS Hearing
Hearing Ends. Thanks for following our updates. Do stick around our site for the rest of the day as we will put the proceeding in their correct perspective for you.
Reps wrapping the hearing. Chairperson Onyejeocha said despite the testimonies from those invited since last week, the committee has received sufficient documents that will inform its report. “We have given everyone fair hearing,” she said.
“We assure everyone and all Nigerians we will do justice”.
Attention has left the minister for more than half an hour. Lawmakers again tackle Coscharis over the disparity in chassis numbers of the cars.
A frustrated Chief Executive of Coscharis, Cosmas Maduka,makes it clear his company has nothing to hide as the committee would think. “We are not doing monkey business here,” he asserted. Mr Maduka was asked to withdraw the comment and he promptly complied.
Jerry Manwe (Member) to minister: If the armoured cars were not for you as you claimed, who is using them now?
Former acting DG answers for minister: Any one can use any car in the pool
Manwe: Do you mean a cleaner can use those kind of cars?
Former DG: Anybody can use; but those kind of cars are for VIP movement, including foreign dignitaries, including the minister, and even you honourable member!
Manwe; Thank you. But the law of the country does not allow me to use those cars.
Blame briefly leaves the minister to officials of NCAA over “do the needful” directive. For a moment, lawmakers appear to agree with the minister the all-encompassing comment exonerates her. The former acting DG of NCAA is tackled for even initiating a memo to Odua for a purchase out of budget, and beyond approved limit.
Minister insists NCAA did not exceed its limit or violate the law.
She is reminded by by Jerry Manwe (Taraba state) that the National Assembly rejected armoured cars in the budget which she is defending, the minister buckles: “NCAA will answer that,” she says.
Minister is pressed by Zakari Mohammed(Kwara state) why she exceeded her approval limit, she said her comment on the letter to NCAA was not final but advisory to NCAA to follow the law.
On the said letter, the minister wrote “Approved. Do the needful”.
Brief game on semantics here. Minister says “Do the needful” could mean anything”. But the lawmakers are not having that. NCAA is called to explain the “needful” it did. And the NCAA director general shirks to the former acting DG who was in charge then.
The minister’s initial presentation is over. She is now receiving questions from the lawmakers.
The aviation minister still rendering her opening remarks.
The “First Bank facility to NCAA to the tune of N643 million mere understanding not an obligation” she daid.
“Nigeria’s airspace is now rate among the safest in the world”. She adds that allegation about car purchase is meant to discredit her team and give the impression her effort at reforms is not succeeding.
NCAA has not spent any money not appropriated by the National Assembly. The agency has even saved the nation a cost and further embarrassment that may occur in future.
Oduah: NCAA has real needs for new operational vehicles. Insists armoured cars not meant for her but foreign dignitaries.
“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(following the law). NCAA followed due process as required by law.”
“The Federal ministry of aviation under my watch has always ensured we act in a prudent manner and under the ambit of the law”-Stella Oduah
“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,” — Stella Oduah
Ms. Oduah says opportunity to appear will allow her give her side of the story. “For the past week, I have been bashed in the media, many have also risen to my defence.”
She said her spokesperson’s admission of the alleged purchase, while right on concerns for her safety, was “inaccurate”.
She goes ahead to say online publications that she compelled NCAA to purchase cars for her were “false and malicious” allegations. “False in its entirety!”
Says online allegations not substantiated but based on “erroneous” comment of her aide.
Ms. Oduah starts by apologizing for inability to attend previous hearings. She said said her absence was not out of disrespect and thanks the committee for rescheduling her appearance.
Onyejeocha quips on the tense mood here. “We are not mourning, there is no aeroplane crash; I want to see everyone smiling,” she says. “Feel free and relax.”
The minister is about to be called upon to testify. She takes oath to say “nothing but the truth, the whole truth.”
Hearing committee chairperson, Nkiruka Onyejeocha, gives her opening speech, explaining the delay in starting the hearing and that the committee would be just and fair.
Delay was because venue used for hearing on Wednesday had been taken over for a another hearing on Land racketeering.
“This committee is out to get to the bottom of the matter. But committee is not on ‘witch-hunting’”
Stella Oduah, the aviation minister has just taken her seat before the committee. The hearing begins.
Okonjo-Iweala: ”we did not grant waiver for armoured cars”
The Ministry of Finance on Thursday said it did not grant waiver for the controversial N255m bulletproof cars purchased by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority.
The disclosure came barely 24 hours after the House of Representatives Committee on Aviation was informed that the Federal Ministry of Finance and the National Security Adviser were made to believe that the two vehicles were for the 18th National Sports Festival (Eko Games 2012) hosted by Lagos State.
But in a statement on Thursday and made available to our correspondent, the Coordinating Minister for the economy and Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, said the waiver was granted only to the Lagos State Government and not for the purchase of the controversial armoured cars
The statement by the CME’s Special Adviser (Communications), Mr. Paul Nwabuikwu, described claims that the finance ministry granted waiver to Coscharis Motors Nigeria Ltd for the purchase of armoured cars as “totally false and without foundation.”
It reads in part, “On June 23, 2012, the Lagos State Government applied for Waiver of Destination Inspection Charges and Duty Exemptions for Coscharis Motors Nigeria Ltd, the official Automobile Partner for the National Sports Festival (EKO 2012), to purchase 300 vehicles on its behalf for the event.
“Since the Lagos State Government met the laid down criteria, the waiver was granted.
“It is also important to clarify that the waiver granted to the Lagos State Government for the event did not include the purchase of armoured vehicles.”
Also, the Nigeria Custom Service in a statement on Thursday said its role in the car scandal was to implement the waiver granted for the importation of the 300 vehicles.
”’THE TRUTH AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH”?
STELLA ODUAH: SHE OVERSTEPPED HER BOUNDARY AND NIGERIAN MAFIANS/CABALS ARE FIGHTING BACK ..
Joseph Odianosen Odion
Today the war waged on Stella Oduah by yoruba interest media, is in retaliation for her courageous decision to terminate all the fraudulent contracts Femi Fani Kayode “dashed” to his kinsfolk, Wale Babalakin & his money laundering agency, Bicourtney. Yesterday, the hypocritical & sneaky Wole Soyinka, Tinubu, the governors that benefited from his fraudulent intervention & other yoruba leaders organised an image laundering facade for their kinsfolk, Ayo Salami, unarguably the most sordid & corrupt character in the history of the Nigerian judiciary. They stupidly believe that they are smarter than every other person.
I have been following her case closely and nowhere was it found that she converted any of those things she accused of to Oduah’s private property. All those cars still belong to FAAN. Nobody said that she used FAAN money to buy cars for her family rather for FAAN. It is different from those found converting government properties to Personal properties as Tinubu and co did.
SHE IS NOT CORRUPT IF ONLY THIS CARD STUFF IS WHAT ON THE GROUND. I KEEP SAYING IT AND I WILL ALWAYS SAY IT THAT IT IS NOT CORRUPTION BUT MISAPPROPRIATION. UNTIL COURT PROVES HER CORRUPT EVERYBODY CANNOT JUST SUCCUMB TO YOUR BLACKMAIL. THIS IS 20TH CENTURY.
Clement Okube N
Aggressive Criminals in Sheep Clothing.
You don’t build theory on a wrong premise. You can’t arrive at true justice without due process of legal procedures.
Sahara Reporters, Premium Times ,Nigerian Tribune , The Nation and Punch Newspapers are Biased and Unethical. The aforementioned online and mainstream media outfit are just hounds, smear mongers and Propaganda tools working tirelessly for the achievement of Yoruba agenda.
This group of people are most disgruntled and highly corrupt Reporters that work for some Powerful corrupt benefactors. Their new found frustration against the Jonathan Administration that they have ludicrously accused of being pro-igbo and anti- Yoruba, than to make good use of their strength in the media, unleashing attack dogs on any little opportunity just to express their displeasure and with guise of fighting against corruption .