It has been revealed that embattled aviation minister, Stella Oduah, actually ordered other aviation agencies to procure four more bulletproof cars for her and not just the two that have been discovered.
According to a Saharareporters publication, this revelation was made by a group known as the Investigative Reporters in Aviation (IRA)
The President of the group, Mazi Kanayo Ochei, and the group’s secretary, Kenneth Uti, have said that in addition to the two cars the minister made the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) purchase for her she also made two other agencies, the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) and the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) by two vehicles each of the same type for her.
“I don’t understand why Nigerian media are shouting about NCAA alone, when a total of six bulletproof cars were actually purchased by the Minister on the bill of three aviation agencies,” they said.
“Our work as IRA revealed that while Nnamdi Udoh of NAMA bought two BMW, Joyce Nkemakolam (Acting DG) of NCAA bought two BMW, and Mr. Uresi George of FAAN bought two bullet-proof American specs limousine for the Minister of Aviation.”
They further stated that all the purchases were made from Coscharis Motors and cannot be denied.
“If Nigerians really know the magnitude of the rot in the Aviation Industry as at this moment, they will carry placards against this administration,” the IRA officials said, noting that the FAAN is heading for bankruptcy, with the MD on the verge of taking a bank loan to pay workers’ salaries last month.
“The only option left for FAAN now is to begin to use part of their statutory remittance to Federation Account to offset their bills.”
The IRA also went ahead to say the NAMA was in disarray because workers at the agency have completely lost confidence in the management.
“IRA further wants EFCC to call Coscharis Motors for questioning on the six cars purchased by the Minister so as to get to the root of this issue,” they said.
IRA has also called on President Jonathan to recognize that only a level-headed, mature and patriotic Minister can help the Nigerian Aviation industry, “not a self-seeking, corrupt and proud person like Stella Oduah.”
Furthermore, the group said, “We also want to advise the newly confirmed Director-General of NCAA Fola Akinkotun to stop defending what he knows practically nothing about, while we sympathize with his position, we advise him to stop making any further reckless press statement in any futile attempt at defending those who all Nigerians know how they ganged up to prevent him from taking up the position of the DG NCAA for almost 5 months after he was chosen by President Jonathan.”
George Uresi, the chief executive officer of the FAAN has admitted to a hearing of the Senate Aviation Committee that the agency indeed bought four bullet proof cars for Ms. Oduah at the cost of N70 million each.