Abuja - Pressure is piling on beleaguered Aviation Minister, Stella Oduah, after the House of Representatives called on President Goodluck Jonathan to “review” her continued engagement.
The lawmakers made the call after an Aviation Committee’s report found the Minister guilty over her alleged role in the purchase of two BMW bullet proof cars worth N225m earlier this year.
The committee directed the Ministry of Aviation and the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) to immediately terminate all transactions and loans agreement entered into with First Bank of Nigeria and directed the Ministry to recover all the monies on the entire transactions and pay back into the Consolidated Revenue Account.
Faulting the role of the minister, the House said Oduah, “Contravened the Appropriation Act, 2013 and the Approved Revised Thresholds by exceeding the Ministry of Aviation’s approval limit of N100m by the purchase of 54 vehicles valued at N643m.”
The committee recommended sanctions against former Acting Director General, Nkemakolam Joyce and the Director of Finance, S Ozigi of NCAA “in accordance with the Civil Service rules for deliberately breaching the Appropriation Act, 2013 and other Extant Laws of the Federation.”
It called for investigations into COSCHARIS Nigeria Ltd, the vehicles clearing agency, on the waiver on import duties, source and exact cost of the two BMW vehicles.
Oduah has been under pressure to quit following the scandal and the spate of air crashes. Recently shots were fired at her vehicle but she was not harmed.
– CAJ News