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PDP hits back on ex-Aviation Minister

07 October 2013, 10:30

Abuja - The ruling People’s Democratic Party slammed former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode who blamed last week’s Associated Airlines plane crash on government’s alleged lack of commitment to the aviation sector.

Up to 16 people were reported dead following the crash in Lagos.

In a hard-hitting statement, Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the party, Abdullahi Jalo, described such statements alluded to Fani-Kayode following the crash as “primitive” and “self righteous.”

“While Femi is free to keep relishing in his favorite pastime which is blackmail, immoralism and other serial anti socials, we wish to warn that this time he has gone too far when social deviants and other undemocratic rascals, unnecessarily take on the party and the federal government,” Jalo said.

The statement added that it was appropriate to “x-ray” the tenure of Femi Fani Kayode as the Minister of Aviation between November 2006 and May 2007.

“In a very short space of six months that Femi was Minister, he posted an enviable record in tribalism and nepotism when he employed a record 45 managers for different parastatals under the Aviation Ministry from his native Osun State. He went further to retire many officers of the director cadre, replacing them with incompetent cronies, girlfriends and concubines. Femi did not stop there. Nigerians will recall that his Special Assistant was caught at an airport while ferrying obscene sums of money on his behalf. Unfortunately, a cover up quickly and successfully came in between. Besides, many utility vehicles of the ministry mysteriously surfaced in Ghana where they were converted to domestic use by his family and concubines.”

He added, “Nigerians have not forgotten the suspension of the Managing Director of Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) Yusuf by Femi for refusing to illegally extend the concessioning of the Murtala Mohammed (local) to Bi-Courtney Aviation Services from 12 to 46 years.

Though presidential orders restored Yusuf to his position, it did not prevent Femi who unilaterally, without presidential approval, granted the extension. The tale of Taiwo who was the Manager of the Murtala Mohammed International while Femi was Special Adviser to the President is known. Femi who was traveling out of Nigeria had refused to be scanned. Taiwo insisted that the proper thing be done and Femi was eventually scanned. Femi had his proverbial pound flesh when he assumed office as Minister. He did not only redeploy Taiwo, he also frustrated him out of the service.”

Jalo said it took the Federal Airport Authority years to clear the debts of hundreds of millions of Naira arising from permanent suites acquired by Femi to host and lodge “girls of easy virtues while staging noisy street parties” in Lagos.

“It is still on record that the Senate in 2009 indicted Fani-Kayode and recommended him for trial for alleged misappropriation of N19.5billion belonging to the aviation sector. The Senator Anyim Ude led Senate Committee on Aviation which investigated Fani-Kayode recommended that he should not hold any public office for five years over charges of misappropriation of public funds and abuse of office which included the establishing of irregularities in the award of contracts in the ministry, Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and NAMA during his tenure,” Jalo hit out at the former minister.

– CAJ News


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